Saturday 16 December 2017

Dubliner to spend six more years in US prison

Adam Lynch in an FBI photo
Adam Lynch in an FBI photo

John Breslin

An Irish bank robber has been sentenced to a further six years in a US federal prison for a series of heists in California.

Adam Lynch (37), originally from north Dublin, is already serving more than five years for other robberies carried out in Colorado and Wyoming.

Dubbed the 'Ho Hum Bandit' for his nonchalant attitude as he passed notes to tellers demanding cash, Lynch is one of the most prolific bank robbers in recent US history. He admitted to an astonishing 17 robberies in just 13 months.

But law enforcement agencies have identified other heists they believe he carried out, with the total running into the mid-20s.

He was arrested after confessing to his girlfriend over drinks in the Fado pub in downtown Denver. His girlfriend promptly stepped outside and phoned the police. The couple were breaking up.

In federal court in San Diego, southern California, on Monday, Lynch was sentenced to 70 months in prison, just shy of six years. The judge ordered that 56 of those months be served consecutively with the sentence imposed by a Denver, Colorado court following his arrest in April 2011.

He will not be released from prison until 2020, after which he is likely to be deported back to Ireland. Lynch's mother travelled from Dublin to San Diego for the court hearing on Monday.

His arrest ended a spree of robberies that began in California in February 2010 and continued in Colorado and elsewhere into March 2011.

Lynch's defence lawyer Ronald Gainor, who worked for free on the case and also represented the Irishman in court in Denver, had argued he should serve no more time than already imposed by the Colorado court.

Gainor said the robberies were part of a single criminal act by a man who was mentally unstable at the time. The defence lawyer said Lynch, who previously ran a successful dog care business in northern California and lived in a $800,000 home with his now estranged wife, just wants to get back home to Dublin.

Irish Independent

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