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  • Robber gets 10 additional years

    Bradley Monical, 43, who escaped from the Jackson County Jail in 2012, pleaded no contest to robbery charges
  • A man who escaped from the Jackson County Jail in November 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for the bank robbery that landed him there to begin with.
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  • A man who escaped from the Jackson County Jail in November 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for the bank robbery that landed him there to begin with.
    Bradley William Monical, 43, pleaded no contest in Jackson County Circuit Court to four counts of second-degree robbery for sticking up an Ashland bank in 2010.
    Monical contends the man who robbed the bank was his now-dead cousin, and he was the getaway driver, but Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert, who prosecuted the case, disagrees.
    On Dec. 16, 2010, Monical stormed into the PremierWest Bank in Ashland brandishing a handgun and worked his way down the teller line, Heckert said, grabbing an undisclosed amount of money from each station and running from the bank.
    Heckert said DNA from a cigarette that fell out of Monical's money bag inside the bank matched his DNA, and descriptions provided by the tellers matched Monical.
    Judge Kelly W. Ravassipour ordered the 10-year prison sentence to run consecutively with a 21/2;-year sentence Monical received for escaping from Jackson County Jail and a 22-year sentence he received for robbing a Sterling Savings Bank in downtown Coos Bay in April 2011.
    Monical still faces charges in Washington's Walla Walla County for a bank robbery there.
    "This was the excitement that he chose to engage in several years back with his cousin," said Monical's attorney Zachary Wayne Light.
    Ravassipour also ordered Monical to pay $2,661 in restitution and tacked on three years of post-prison supervision.
    "The tellers' terror that they had to go through is something they are going to be continually dealing with," Ravassipour told Monical.
    The case was scheduled to go to trial on May 27, but, according to Light, Monical took the plea agreement in order to avoid embarrassing his family through further media coverage of the event, and for the possibility that he may get out of prison someday.
    "He'll be an old man," Light said.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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