Man admits to robbing Billings bank after trying to escape on city bus

A Lame Deer man accused of holding up a bank in downtown Billings and attempting to flee in a city bus admitted to a bank robbery charge Wednesday.

Elmer Brady, 68, pleaded guilty to bank robbery as charged in an indictment, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. Brady faces a maximum of 25 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Brady was detained pending further proceedings.

On March 23, Brady entered Stockman Bank located in downtown Billings, approached an employee, identified as Jane Doe 1, and told her, “I already took care of your security guard,” according to court documents.

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Brady then wrote on a deposit slip, “This is a …” with the last word being scribbled and unreadable. Brady slid the note to Jane Doe 1 and made several threatening statements demanding $9,000 or else he would kill her, according to court documents.

Jane Doe 1 told law enforcement that Brady

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