La Ronge Bank Robber Sentenced To 4 Years In Jail

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 13:37



For the next three-and-a-half years, a federal penitentary will house the first man to ever rob a bank in La Ronge.


This morning in La Ronge Provincial Court, Daryl Joe Cook was sentenced to four years in a federal institution, less 6 months for time already served.


The judge said that even though the armed robbery was Cook’s first offence as an adult, that does not outweigh the severity of the crime and the life-altering impact it had on the victims involved.


The Crown initially asked for four years without time already served, but the judge took into account the apology letter Cook sent to the bank staff and early admission of guilt and remorse.


Cook’s defence requested time in a federal institution because it would offer him more programs to help with his drug and alcohol addictions, plus he would be able to take schooling beyond his Grade 8 education.


On the morning of March 17th, Cook entered the Conexus Credit Union with a knife and demanded money from the staff. It was learned this morning he made off with over $15,000.


Cook was arrested four days later and all the money was recovered by the RCMP.