Monday, October 16, 2006

Sound Financial Planning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a
plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social
Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for


He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.

"It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man."

Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.

"It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," prosecutor Dan Cable said.

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