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Skeleton-Masked Robbery Suspect Sentenced On Drug Charges

Posted June 9, 2005 10:20 a.m. EDT

— A man accused of making several robberies while wearing a skeleton mask was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Thursday on drug charges.

David Talton, who had already pleaded guilty to five drug-related charges, was sentenced Thursday to 35 to 42 months in prison and fined $50,000, which is the minimum sentence.

Authorities also announced that Talton has reached a plea deal on the robbery charges and next week plans to plead guilty to nine counts of common plea robbery, which would add nine years to his jail time. In exchange, the district attorney will ask the judge to have that sentence run concurrently with his drug jail sentence.

"Obviously, no one wants to spend 12 years in prison, but (Talton) felt this was in the best interest of his family to get this behind him, to serve his sentence and get out as quickly as he can," said defense attorney Logan Howell.

Howell said his client had been living the all-American life. He owned a home, had a good job, a wife and a child. Then, he got involved with drugs.

Talton, 25, who was arrested in April in connection with an April 18 bank robbery, is accused of targeting six ATMs in February. During each attack, police said, Talton wore a skeleton mask when he demanded money from victims.

Talton has been charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted robbery.