UTICA, N.Y. – A 71-year-old man who previously served 11 years in prison for multiple bank robberies, was sentenced Tuesday for robbing a Berkshire Bank in Oriskany Falls over the summer.
Walter Parker, of West Carthage, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, and five years post-release supervision after pleading guilty to charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree criminal use of a firearm.
Parker was convicted of four bank robberies in 2004 prior to this incident, where police say he entered the Berkshire Bank on Main Street with a handgun, demanding money. He then fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police arrested Parker after the New York State Police Crime Lab matched his DNA with evidence found at the scene.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza, the prosecutor in the case, spoke directly to Parker about how his actions affected the workers in the bank that day.
“You traumatized bank tellers who were quietly doing their jobs on an otherwise ordinary day in a little community bank in a small, quiet town. You came from another county, you brandished a weapon, you demanded money that wasn’t yours. And I dealt with these tellers throughout the course of the case. They were absolutely traumatized,” said Coluzza.
Deputies say that Parker was familiar with the area after living in New Hartford, and Kirkland in the 1980s.