A man who robbed an El Jebel bank twice in four months was sentenced Wednesday to six years detention in a community corrections facility and warned by a judge that if he failed there, he would go to state prison for the remainder of his time.
Jeremy Harmon, 38, of Glenwood Springs, was initially sentenced by Eagle County District Judge Thomas Moorhead to six years in state prison, but that was suspended. Instead, Harmon was sent to Hilltop House, a halfway house in Durango. He will be able to work while serving his sentence, but he must stay at the facility when not on the job. Hilltop House has a reputation for having very strict rules, according to various websites.
Harmon also was ordered by pay $3,750 in restitution, but the 5th Judicial District Attorney's office has 90 days to adjust that amount. Harmon must complete alcohol treatment, victim impact classes, parenting classes and he cannot drive, according to terms of the sentence. He was told he will be on probation after he serves the sentence.
Harmon pleaded guilty to a single charge of felony robbery Nov. 29, but in a plea agreement he took responsibility for four heists. He pleaded guilty to robbing Vectra Bank in El Jebel on March 2 and June 22 of last year. Harmon also took responsibility for robberies in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, according to authorities.
The El Jebel robberies had numerous similarities. In both cases, Harmon wore dark glasses and a ski mask and handed a note to a teller demanding cash. No weapons were used and no one was hurt. In the June heist, an employee of the bank followed the robber past an open water ditch and into a parking lot across Highway 82. The robber tossed his mask and some clothes into the ditch. The employee was able to provide police with a description of Harmon and the white Ford flatbed truck with ladders that he was driving.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the Western Slope were provided with the information; Aspen police spotted the vehicle a short time later. Harmon was questioned and later arrested.
The Aspen Times reported in June that Harmon was at risk of getting evicted from his home if he didn't pay bills. His rent was due prior to both the El Jebel bank robberies.