Another deferred sentence in Butte bank robbery

Another Kalispell man accused in a bank robbery in Butte last year will avoid prison and could clear a felony conviction from his record if he abides by probation terms over the next three years.

District Judge Kurt Krueger gave John Robert Austin a three-year deferred sentence Thursday for his part in robbing the Wells Fargo bank on Harrison Avenue on Sept. 1, 2022.

Prosecutors say Austin and Logan Christopher Nadasi waited in car while Caleb Weston Bernhardt went inside, threatened to shoot a teller unless she handed over money, and got away that day with $2,350. All three were 19 at the time.

John Robert Austin listens to a judge in District Court on Thursday before he was given a three-year deferred sentence for his role in a Wells Fargo bank robbery in Butte last year. Next to him is his attorney, Kimberly Wein.

MIKE SMITH, Montana Standard

Bernhardt pleaded guilty to robbery and Austin and Nadassi pleaded guilty to robbery by accountability, but the crimes carry the same maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

The teller who was robbed expressed

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