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On 6/19 and 6/20, the North Central Florida Central Labor Council held two events, in Gainesville and Ocala respectively. With over 600 flyers ...

Remorseful, elderly bank robber sentenced for Clay heist

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Cancer took Noel Arthur Johnson's beloved wife of 50 years. The recession took their savings. And alcohol took his reason — driving the 75-year-old widower to rob a Clay County bank by threatening a teller with a note claiming he was armed with a bomb and gun although he had no weapons.

His gray hair disheveled and dressed in a gray-striped jail uniform, Johnson shuffled slowly with his ankles shackled and handcuffs binding his wrist into the courtroom of Circuit Judge John H. Skinner to be sentenced Monday for the July 23 holdup of the Bank of America branch at across from Orange Park Mall.

Johnson, of Fort White, hung his head and looked down at the floor except when he apologized to the still-traumatized bank teller, and told the court he deeply regrets what he did especially the pain he caused the teller as well as his own family.

"I am sorry that I did what I did," Johnson told the court when asked if he wanted to saying anything before being sentenced. Johnson then turned to directly address the teller he robbed as she sat in the courtroom audience.