A man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to three-and-a-half months in federal prison, one year in a halfway house and three years of supervised release for bank robbery.
Ralph Patrick McMahon, in his mid-sixties, robbed Wilson Bank and Trust in Watertown of approximately $2,600 in December 2011. When law enforcement officers spotted his fleeing vehicle and turned on their sirens, McMahon did not stop, but rather accelerated to 100 mph, according to the affidavit. After stopping officers stopped him with a “pit maneuver,” McMahon began to flee on foot with the stolen money.
“I’d just like to say I’m sorry about all this; I still wonder why I even came to this,” McMahon said Monday to the court.
McMahon was sentenced on the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines because he suffers from “serious mental health issues,” such as post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting from his service in the Vietnam War, Chief U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes said at the sentencing for McMahon.
Haynes recommended for McMahon to receive mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment and psychiatric care while incarcerated.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.