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Serial bank robber gets 11 years

A career criminal was handed his third federal prison sentence Thursday, this time for 2014 robberies of a Medford convenience store and bank.

Gerald Thomas Schram, 65, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Medford to 130 months in prison after having previously been found guilty of robbing a Minute Market and admitting to robbing a U.S. Bank branch.

On Sept. 29, 2014, Schram robbed the U.S. Bank at 1242 Court St., Medford, and fled on a mountain bike with $8,572 after making statements such as "this is a robbery" and "don't make me get my gun out."

Police later tracked Schram down at his girlfriend's house in the 300 block of Haven Street, along with the bulk of the stolen cash.

In September, a federal jury found Schram guilty of robbing a west Medford Minute Market Jan. 20, 2014, in which $605 was taken. During the two-day trial, U.S. attorneys matched Schram's DNA to a cigarette butt found outside the store, and used testimony from Schram's niece to identify his voice on a store surveillance recording.

From 1970 to 2014, Schram had seven felony convictions in California and Oregon, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Schram has served two federal prison sentences, of 14 years and 3 years, for bank robbery and robbery.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show a number of local felony convictions, including a December 2014 attempt to escape from his jail cell by breaking a window. An off-duty corrections deputy heard the crash and alerted jail staff, who put the jail on lockdown.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Serial bank robber gets 11 years