Friday, December 30, 2005


The Double Life

You know that you're headed for dark days when your own son, who happens to be a police officers, realizes that he see's his dad on a surveillance cam video robbing a bank.
A judge on Thursday sentenced a bank robber turned in to authorities by his sons to 40 years in prison.

Alfred "Al" Ginglen, 64, pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of armed bank robbery and two counts of carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He was accused of stealing nearly $60,000 (€50,000) from five small banks during a a nine-month robbery spree between November 2003 and July 2004.

Judge Jeanne Scott doled out the minimum sentence allowed.

"It's very, very sad but it's where we are," Scott said.

Ginglen's double life - which authorities allege included a girlfriend, drugs and prostitutes - started to unravel in August 2004, when one of his sons, Peoria police Officer Jared Ginglen, recognized his father on surveillance videos posted on a law enforcement Web site.

"There are no winners here today, the whole thing has been a tragedy for my family," Jared Ginglen said after his father's sentencing.

Alfred Ginglen's three sons have said they have no regrets about turning in their father.

Ginglen's attorney, Ron Hamm, has said Ginglen was a devoted family man and a good employee with a strong history of community service and no prior criminal record.
Sure - a devoted "family man" with a "strong history of community service." Would that be under moniker one, two, or three ... maybe even four? As far as I'm concerned, he's getting what he deserved. The real victims here, outside of the bank corporation and employees who had to stand there with a gun pointed at their collective heads, are his family members. This guy successfully sold-out his family be turning to a life of crime and tearing the entire structure apart.

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