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An Idaho man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robbing a Green River bank in 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. He had already been serving time in state prison for a bank robbery later in the same year.

A jury convicted Donald Alexander Sheriff, also known as Donald Sample, 60, of Pocatello, Idaho, on June 30 of bank robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime, both federal felonies.

Sheriff was sentenced Sept. 5 to 23 years for the robbery charge and seven years for the firearm charge. He will begin serving the sentence for the gun charge after completing the robbery sentence.

Sheriff robbed the Wyochem Federal Credit Union in June 2013, making away with more than $175,000.

On June 1, 2013, Sheriff hid near a door of the credit union wearing latex gloves, a fake beard and an earbud transmitting police scanner chatter. When a credit union teller approached the door, he threatened her with a gun and ordered her to deactivate the credit union's alarm and open the vault.

After taking the money, Sheriff tied the teller up and left within 10 minutes.

Sheriff was caught late that August with earbuds, latex gloves, a fake beard and about $8,000 in cash following a bank robbery in Afton. He later pleaded to state charges in relation to that crime and was sentenced to 20 to 35 years in state prison. He began serving that sentence in 2014.

Sheriff was convicted of robbing 10 banks in the 1980s. He was released from his prison sentence on those charges in 2008 and successfully completed parole in 2011.

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