Man given jail time for Layton robberies, Freeport bomb threats

Dec 14 2012 - 7:20am

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Michael Dale Prothero
Michael Dale Prothero

FARMINGTON -- A 43-year-old man, who had no previous record, but robbed a bank and made bomb threats to another business, was sentenced to serve one year in jail.

Michael Dale Prothero, who does not have an address, was sentenced to serve a year in Davis County Jail on Thursday by Judge Thomas L. Kay in 2nd District Court.

Kay gave Prothero credit for the 122 days he has served since his arrest in August and also sentenced him to three years' probation with Adult Probation and Parole.

He suspended two prison sentences for the felonies, which will be imposed if Prothero does not complete his probation.

Prothero's court-appointed attorney, Rich Gallegos, said his client does not have a prior criminal history, but does have mental health issues and was homeless.

"Within a one- to two-day period, he had a serious melt-down," Gallegos said.

"All I can say is, I'm really sorry, to the victims and everyone involved," Prothero said. "I'm ready to turn my life around."

The victim did not attend the hearing, and no family members of Prothero were in attendance.

Prothero had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony robbery and one count of third-degree felony attempted terroristic threat.

Layton police said Prothero had robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2050 N. Main St., in Layton, on Aug. 10, just before he made the calls to Lifetime Products and Clearfield dispatch, claiming to have left a bomb at the business.

According to court documents, Layton police found Prothero at a homeless shelter Aug. 13 in Salt Lake City, after a news report showed a photo of the bank robbery suspect.

Police also found a book bag, which they searched. Inside it were prescriptions, plus "tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical bills in his name," according to the documents.

Court documents state that an employee at Lifetime Products in Clearfield on Aug. 10 received a call from a man who said, "I just delivered a bomb to your building."

Minutes later, the same man called Clearfield police dispatchers saying there was a bomb at the business. Employees were evacuated from the building while Clearfield police officers, North Davis Fire District and Hill Air Force Base Military Police with bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building.

Police subpoenaed phone records and found a phone number associated with Prothero that came in to Lifetime Products as well as to Clearfield dispatch, according to court documents.

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