Bank robber sentenced to life for string of robberies

One robbery happened at the U.S. Bank in Chico in June of 2016.

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 8:42 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 9:18 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Butte County District Attorney's Office sentenced a man to 40 years to life for armed robberies.

The robbery happened at the U.S. Bank on the Esplanade in June of 2016 where District Attorney Mike Ramsey said David Henry Curry drove from his home in Sacramento to the bank and demanded money from the teller.

Curry pulled a firearm from his waistband and threatened to kill a teller if the victim teller did not hurry. The whole robbery took less than a minute.

Six months later, Curry, 56, was arrested in Tacoma, Washington for a different bank robbery under similar circumstances. Federal agents alerted Chico Police and the case was renewed.

Chico Police was able to piece together Curry's movements on the day of the Chico robbery through his cell phone, rental car GPS and Facebook profile which showed he had made a round-trip from Sacramento to Chico around the time of the robbery.

Witnesses were able to identify Curry from a photo lineup, as well as describe the car he was driving.

In March of this year, a Butte County Jury convicted Curry.

Butte County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Merrifield found the defendant had already sustained three prior bank robbery convictions. This would qualify Curry for the California Three-Strikes Law which brought on a life sentence.

Additionally, spanning over a 30 year time, Curry had criminal history in Florida, Connecticut, Washington and now California for a total of six bank robberies.

Because of his previous three convictions, an additional 15 years were added to his already 25 years to life term.

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