A one-time Norman resident with a lengthy state prison record going back more than 20 years received the maximum sentence Wednesday for robbing a Norman credit union earlier this year.
Leonardo Lamar Parks, 52, said he was “a decent kid,” but admitted he had spent most of his adult life afoul of the law. Since 1991, he has been convicted of 27 state felony charges, mostly presenting forged documents, writing bogus checks, unlawfully possessing a controlled drug and knowingly concealing stolen property, state records show.
U.S. District Judge David Russell sentenced Parks to 115 months, or about 9½ years, in federal prison and to be placed under three years supervision after his release. Sentencing guidelines indicated a range of punishment between 92 to 115 months in prison.
Russell told Parks he went with the stiffest sentence because of his extensive criminal background.
Defense attorney Tony Lacy filed papers asking the judge to sentence him to less than 40 months because Parks has personal health and mental issues and has expressed remorse.
“He sincerely apologizes for what happened,” Lacy said.
Parks pleaded guilty to robbing Communication Federal Credit Union in Norman on Feb. 1. As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped another bank robbery charge accusing him of the Feb. 11 robbery of the Bank of Oklahoma branch inside a Homeland grocery store in Norman.
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