David Wade Sandlin, the older of two brothers who were arrested last summer for robbing the First Arkansas Bank and Trust in Guy, pleaded guilty Thursday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
"We were happy about the plea, but we were certainly prepared to take it to trial if need be," Marcus Vaden, prosecuting attorney, said Friday. "We take it very seriously when people either walk into banks or other businesses and stick a gun in someone's face and threaten to harm them or take money or other property."
David Sandlin was charged, along with his brother, James Ronald Sandlin Jr., with aggravated robbery and theft of property in August 2007. According to Vaden, the Sandlin brothers committed a robbery of the bank Aug. 20, 2007, and were apprehended by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police.
James Sandlin previously pled guilty and received a 10-year sentence. David Sandlin received a sentence of 22 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the robbery and theft of property.
"The difference in the sentences had to do more with James' involvement," Vaden said. "He was basically the driver and sat in the car and David was the one who was more of the mastermind and the one who actually went into the bank."
Vaden said after the initial arrest, James Sandlin was cooperative with police by basically confessing the crime and providing additional information in which officers were able to solve the incident.
Officials allege that it was David Sandlin who walked into the bank, handed an attendant a coercion note and walked off with cash, and that James Sandlin helped.