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Man who admitted robbing Billings bank sentenced to federal prison

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BILLINGS - The man who admitted he robbed a Billings credit union in January was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison.

David William Reeks, 47, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings on one count of bank robbery.

Reeks was initially charged with two counts of felony bank robbery for stealing from the Little Horn State Bank and the Valley Federal Credit Union, but the charge related to the Little Horn Bank was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Defense attorneys wrote in their sentencing argument that Reeks has a long history of serious substance abuse that is compounded by mental health issues.

His actions that day were significantly influenced by his mental condition, according to defense attorneys.

Reeks was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,375 to the Little Horn State Bank and $7,454 to the Valley Federal Credit Union.

According to court documents, Reeks wore a black ski mask and gloves when he robbed the Valley Federal Credit Union at gunpoint and stole about $7,400.

A teller took Reeks to the back room to retrieve the money while another teller triggered the alarm.

The teller gave Reeks stacks of money that contained bait bills, which have a special serial number that helps law enforcement track bank robbers.

Reeks ordered the tellers to lay on the ground and he fled.

Officers later located the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it, but Reeks took off.

Reeks was eventually arrested after his vehicle spun out on the ice.

In the vehicle, officers found cash, a mask and gloves, and a BB gun that looked like a 9mm handgun.

Reeks admitted he robbed the bank and said he was sorry for frightening the tellers.

Since his arrest, Reeks has spent 225 days in jail.

Following his release from prison, Reeks is required to be under supervision for another three years.

Reeks has prior convictions of robbery, theft and perjury.

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