The so-called "motorcycle bandit" who pleaded guilty to robbing four banks in western Montana over a year's time has been sentenced to just over 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $88,000 in restitution.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 56-year-old Steven Dee Norred was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula. Norred earlier pleaded guilty to five counts of bank robbery and possession a firearm while committing a violent crime.
Prosecutors alleged Norred robbed banks in Bigfork, Lakeside, Seeley Lake and St. Regis between September 2010 and September 2011. The Glacier Bank branch in Lakeside was robbed twice for a total of $60,000.
A customer at the Lakeside bank followed the robber, who fled on a motorcycle, eventually leading to Norred's arrest.