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Five more years for convicted bank robber

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A Ronan man who robbed a bank at age 14 was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for probation violations last week.

According to court records, Judge Kim Christopher revoked Francis Aimsback’s 10-year sentence, which include five years suspended, for criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to five years in DOC with no time suspended and given credit for 37 days in jail. He was originally sentenced in the case in December 2007. 

In regard to the probation violations, Aimsback was found in Missoula County in January 2016 with brass knuckles, which can be considered a deadly weapon, tested positive for THC and opiates and made no effort to contact his probation officer after January 2016, according to a court document. 

One of the conditions of his sentence is that Aimsback was required to forfeit a 2006 Dodge Durango to the Northwest Drug Task Force. 

Aimsback was playing basketball in Dixon on July 10, 1997 with two companions when they decided to rob an Arlee bank, according to the Missoulian. 

He was convicted in federal court for that offense and given four years probation and six months in custody. 

However, he was convicted in 1999 of assault in district court and sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections after he threatened a man with a sawed-off shotgun at Sacajawea Park in Polson. 

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