George Lynn Netherton got just what he wanted Wednesday: a trip back to incarceration. For the next 20 years, Netherton will see life from behind bars after which he will be required to pay a $1,500 fine and $200 in restitution after pleading guilty to first degree robbery.
The restitution amount was not known right away by state counsel. Although Netherton said that it was $200, the amount was verified by staff of the Stephens County District Attorney’s office.
“You can never trust a bank robber,” Netherton said during open court proceedings. There were a few laughs heard after his remark.
Stephens County District Court held felony docket call Wednesday to which several individuals either entered pleas of guilty or chose to move forward with jury trials. Netherton was one of those who entered a plea of guilty to first degree robbery, with Judge Joe Enos presiding.
About 2 p.m. Sept. 20, 2012, Netherton was released from the Stephens County Jail for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving with a license canceled, suspended or revoked and failure to pay taxes due to state. From there he went to IBC Bank at 1006 W. Main and demanded money from the teller with a note that threatened serious probable harm upon her if she did not comply.
According to an affidavit by Duncan Police Detective Donny Foraker, the teller gave him $100 and $20 bills as he requested. He left the bank on foot.
A picture of him captured by bank security systems was shown to local merchants. City Taxi had given him a ride to Oklahoma City. He was picked up at a Burger King near May and 74th Street in Oklahoma City, based on the use of mobile cop which helped the officers in their search.
Foraker’s affidavit indicated that during the interview process with Netherton, the man said he had no money, no family and nowhere to go so he decided to rob a bank and earn a trip to federal prison.