Fulton man sentenced for 2011 bank robbery

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri man who wished a pair of bank employees “a nice day” following a holdup has been sentenced to slightly more than 12 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said 60-year-old Edward Lee Cooke, of Fulton, won’t be eligible for parole under the sentence he received Thursday.

Cooke pleaded guilty to stealing about $7,800 from Sun Security Bank in Weaubleau (WAH’-bloh) in June 2011.

Investigators said Cooke entered the bank shortly after it opened and told two employees he was committing a robbery. The employees thought he might have been armed and handed over a bag of cash.

On his way out, Cooke told the employees, “Have a nice day, ladies, and sorry for the inconvenience.” A Hickory County deputy later found Cooke in a wooded area.

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