A Casper man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison for bank robbery crimes committed in Evansville in May.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Kemp Cravens to two years imprisonment on the bank robbery charge, and seven years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Skavdahl ordered Cravens to pay $200 in special assessments, a $500 fine, and $676 in restitution. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with witnesses or victims.

Cravens will serve three years probation after his release from prison.

He could have faced up to 20 years imprisonment on the bank robbery count. The firearms count was punishable by not less than seven years to life imprisonment.

Cravens pleaded guilty in July.

The case began May 3, when Kemp drove a white sport utility vehicle to the Platte Valley Bank in Evansville about 9:30 a.m., and entered the bank wearing a hooded jacket, a dark fabric covering his face, and dark sunglasses, according to the FBI’s report.

He openly carried a semi-automatic style handgun either in his waistband or in a holster.

Cravens demanded money from two tellers. As they were retrieving cash, he showed them the gun and put it back.

The tellers gave him about $12,000 in cash, which he put in a bag, according to the May 18 indictment. He got in the van and drove away.

Law enforcement later learned Cravens had rented a white SUV from a local rental dealer. Officers obtained information about the rental, and contacted his wife.

She told officers her husband said he was traveling to Riverton that day with a friend. She then called him and told him he was a suspect in a robbery.

Cravens admitted to the robbery and told her he would surrender at an unidentified police department. The wife then told police what he told her.

Law enforcement officers soon arrested him outside Casper City Hall. Officers located a handgun and a large amount of cash in the rented SUV.

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