Bank robber sent back to prison for 1 year

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 12, 2011, at 3:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge on Monday sent Lovie Lee Riddle Jr., convicted of robbing a Corinth bank six years ago, back to prison for another year.

Riddle, 64, of Bangor admitted that he violated the terms of his supervised release by refusing to follow medical advice and allowing his ankles to swell to avoid wearing an ankle bracelet with a global positioning monitor.

In December 2005, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Riddle to 4½ years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for bank robbery. Riddle was released in March 2009, according to court documents.

Woodcock on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Riddle about his future behavior.

“Unless you figure out a way to maintain your freedom by obeying the rules of society, you will be back before some judge, or me, having thumbed your nose at the rest of us who must live by those rules,” he said. “I promise you that you will not want to see me again.”

Riddle’s co-defendant, Corey Houle, who was 26 at the time of the robbery on May 16, 2005, entered the United Kingfield Bank in Corinth and passed a note demanding money to the teller. He gave the teller a note, written in pink ink, that read, “I am sorry this is a robbery. I have a gun.”

Riddle and Houle met at a Bangor homeless shelter, according to previously published reports. The day of the robbery, the two hatched the plan while riding around in Riddle’s Ford pickup.

Unarmed, Houle entered the bank, located on Route 15 in Corinth.

Riddle waited outside, leaning against his purple pickup truck, according to witnesses. The pair were caught a short time later and most of the nearly $2,500 they had taken from the bank was recovered.

Maine State Police stopped the pickup on Interstate 95 near Lewiston about 90 minutes after the robbery after another driver reported that Riddle was drinking and driving, according to previous reports. The trooper later learned that the truck had been linked to the robbery.

Houle was sentenced to 3½ years in prison and three years of supervised release. The younger man’s criminal record was not as extensive as Riddle’s, according to court documents.

No petitions have been filed in federal court in Bangor to modify or revoke the terms of Houle’s supervised release.

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