Saturday, June 7, 2014

10th Circuit: Jailed Wyoming 'Robin Hood' is Common Crook

Posted By on Sat, Jun 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

An Australian man insisted that he was a modern-day Robin Hood, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the man was a common thief.

There was nothing common about the $140,000 that 41-year-old Corey Donaldson—a self-professed relationship author—took from a Wyoming Bank before he was found guilty and jailed for more than five years. Donaldson said he entered a Jackson, Wyo., bank on New Year's Eve 2012 to take the money so that he could hand out wads of cash to the homeless.

But prosecutors said Donaldson was staying in swanky hotel rooms and living under the alias "Doobie Zonks." Prosecutors also said that cash totaling thousands of dollars was found in envelopes addressed to Donaldson's relatives in Australia.

He was found guilty in July 2013 after only 50 minutes of deliberations.

And on June 6, the 10th Circuit upheld his bank robbery conviction, rejecting Donaldson's appeal.

When his jail sentence is complete, Donaldson is expected to be deported back to Australia. He says he's already working on a book and possible movie deal.

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