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Jury convicts man for Key Bank robbery

MEDFORD — A man arrested moments after a bank robbery in downtown Medford in June was convicted of that robbery Wednesday.

A jury found Daniel James Rose, 69, guilty of second-degree robbery and first-degree theft in a trial that started Wednesday morning.

Under Oregon's mandatory minimum sentence guidelines, Rose was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

On June 10, Medford police arrested Rose four minutes after an alarm signaled that a robbery was under way at a Key Bank at 2 E. Main St., Medford. Within a minute, bank employees confirmed the robbery had occurred and reported that a gray-haired man, probably in his 50s or 60s, had presented a threatening demand note to a teller, then fled with cash.

A bank employee watched the robber leave the bank, walk north on Front Street, pull on a black coat he grabbed from a garbage bin, then turn west on Sixth Street, police said.

Officers converging on the area from across the city and from the Medford police station just blocks away spotted Rose, who matched the robber's description, walking on Riverside Avenue near Main Street. He was arrested a mere four minutes after the alarm had first sounded.

Police said at the time of Rose's arrest that he had been convicted of bank robberies in Massachusetts in 1968 and in California in 1991.

California authorities filed a fugitive complaint against Rose in September calling for his return to the state to face charges there. Jackson County Jail records don't indicate what the California charges are, but officials said Rose likely will serve the Oregon prison sentence handed down Wednesday by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack before being sent to California.