A Tooele City couple who robbed the local branch of Wells Fargo a year ago with their children in the getaway car have each been sentenced to federal prison.
William Parker, 28, and Michelle Parker, 27, were both sentenced on April 23 in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in federal prison for one count of bank robbery.
The Parkers were initially arrested in March 2013 when an off-duty officer from the Tooele City Police Department, Sgt. Don Nelson, noticed a car behaving strangely in the parking lot of Wells Fargo as he was on his way to Gold’s Gym. He began to follow the vehicle on his own, and called for backup when a robbery was reported at the bank.
Officers arrested the Parkers just blocks from their home. Their two young children were found in the back seat of their car.
Days after the Tooele arrest, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigations also became interested in the case, and the Parkers were linked to two other robberies of Wells Fargo branches in Magna and Murray. They were charged federally with three counts of bank robbery, and were indicted on those charges on March 20, 2013.
On Jan. 28, William Parker pleaded guilty to one of the charges in exchange for the other two being dismissed. On Feb. 6, Michelle Parker also pleaded guilty for a similar agreement.
At the hearing — on William Parker’s birthday — both were sentenced to a year and a day, with three years of probation after their release, with credit given for time already served in police custody. Both will also have to pay $5,031.73 in restitution.
According to court records, William Parker was ordered to report to federal prison, which will be assigned to him by June 11. Michelle Parker is ordered to report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona, by July 7.