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      Richard Patton, Tuscaloosa Credit Union robber, sentenced to 41 years in prison

      Richard Patton
      A federal judge sentenced a Tuscaloosa man to 41 years in prison for armed robberies of two credit unions in 2011 andfor escaping custody in December 2011, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced on Wednesday.{}Richard Patton, 22, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon to two counts of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence, stemming from the Feb. 1, 2011, hold-up of the TuscaloosaCounty Credit Union and the April 20, 2011, robbery of the Alabama Central Credit Union in Tuscaloosa. {}Kallon sentenced Patton to the 41 years in prison and ordered him to pay $58,000 in restitution. Patton will be supervised for an additional five years upon his release from custody.{}{}{}{}{} {}Patton's admissions Wednesday were part of a consolidated plea agreement that included a third case, charging him for escaping from the Cullman County Detention Center on Dec. 2, 2011, while incarcerated asa federal prisoner. Patton had previously pleaded guilty to the escape, but had not been sentenced.{}The 41-year sentence also incorporated Patton's earlier sentence for a third armed robbery, which occurred April 26, 2011, at the Tuscaloosa Credit Union in Northport, with some of the sentences imposed Wednesdayrunning concurrently and others running consecutively to that 13 and a half years sentence.From the office of United States Attorney Joyce White Vance{}{}