‘Bucket List Bandit’ gets prison for robberies in Utah, elsewhere
Published: August 15, 2013 11:19AM
Updated: August 15, 2013 11:21AM
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In this photo provided by the Roland, Oklahoma Police Department, Michael Eugene Brewster is pictured in a booking photo dated Sept. 13, 2012. Brewster, a suspected cross-country bank robber who told one teller that he had cancer and "did not care what happens" was arrested in eastern Oklahoma after a traffic stop more than 1,000 miles away from his most recent heist, the FBI said Friday. (AP Photo/Roland, Oklahoma Police Department)

Erie, Pa. • A bank robber nicknamed the “Bucket List Bandit” after he allegedly told a Utah teller he had just four months to live has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

The sentence imposed Thursday on Michael Eugene Brewster works out to a year for each of the 11 bank heists he committed in 10 states last year. Authorities say there’s no indication Brewster was really terminally ill.

Brewster, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., was sentenced by a federal judge in Erie, the city where his nationwide robbery string ended. He pleaded guilty in March to a string of heists that began June 21, 2012, in Arvada, Colo., and ended Sept. 10 in Erie.

Brewster was arrested three days later after he ran a stop sign in Oklahoma.