Teen Accused of Robbing Bank for Tuition
From Associated Press
July 20, 2007 1:47 PM EDT
CINCINNATI - A college student accused of robbing a bank had been worried for months about his mounting tuition bills, his mother said.
"He just really was struggling, working two jobs here, you know, temp jobs, two jobs and trying to get the money," said Franki Butler, whose son Andrew was charged this week with robbery. Andrew Butler, 19, and another man were arrested Tuesday after a Valley Central Savings Bank in suburban Reading was robbed, police said. Police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash.
A judge set bond Wednesday at $50,000 for Andrew Butler and Christopher Avery, 21, also of Cincinnati. Both are charged with aggravated robbery.
Avery, a student at the University of Cincinnati, posted bond and was released. Butler, a University of Toledo student, remained in custody Friday at the Hamilton County jail.
The sad part about this is that the college student will probably get a minimum sentence of 25 years if convicted. The real travesty of this is that -- while this is an aberration, if true -- no one should have to imagine such a choice in an attempt to get an education.