Bank robber gets 8-year sentence
Three years of legal limbo came to an end this week as Mark Douglas Osterloo was sentenced to eight years in prison for entering the U.S. Bank in Glenwood Springs on April 27, 2012, claiming to have a gun and walking out with $6,000.
The stipulated sentence, upheld by Judge James Boyd, calls for six years on a felony robbery charge and two years for felony theft followed by three years of parole and $6,000 in restitution.
Osterloo, 48, has already pleaded guilty to a trio of other robberies around the state and will serve the time concurrently with a nine-year sentence out of Mesa County and 10 years out of El Paso County.
In a hearing Tuesday afternoon, both deputy district attorney Jason Slothouber and appointed defense attorney Cynthia Jones spoke in favor of the stipulation.
“Though it was difficult to arrive at this decision, it was appropriate,” said Slothouber. “Mr. Osterloo will be serving a significant time in prison for these offenses.”
He noted that Osterloo had minimal criminal history before the robberies.
Jones attributed the sudden change to drug addiction.
“Mr. Osterloo basically went from having a good life to being in prison,” she said. “I know this is a situation Mr. Osterloo deeply regrets. It’s a situation he has lots of time to think about in custody.”
She also reminded the court that Osterloo has a wife and two children who continue to support him, and urged the judge to give him the opportunity to be there for them at the end of his sentence.
Osterloo himself took the opportunity to apologize to the people of Garfield County. He asked the court to convey a letter to the teller, which he cannot send himself due to a restraining order.
In his summing up, Judge Boyd expressed both sympathy for Osterloo’s struggle with addiction and concern for the seriousness of the charge.
“Your situation is a real highlight about why people who get sucked into the use of illegal drugs also end up in the criminal justice system,” he said. “When you show up to rob a bank and tell people you have a weapon, they have no way to know if you really have one or not, and that puts them in a position of fear.”
Boyd urged Osterloo to seek treatment before wishing him good luck.
“Addiction is a difficult thing, so it’s going to take diligence on your part to ensure that it’s forever a part of your past,” he said. “I hope you get through this sentence successfully, as well as with life thereafter.”
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