Jerry C. Tudehope, who has almost a decade left on a prison sentence for robbing a loan business in 2006, admitted Friday to robbing the Bank of the West branch at 9140 W. Emerald St in May.
Tudehope, who pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in connection with the May 11 hold up, will be sentenced by 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen Oct. 19.
Court records do not indicate if there is a plea agreement with Ada County prosecutors. The crime of robbery is punishable by up to life in prison. Considering Tudehope is 64 and has a decade left on his other robbery conviction, it is possible he might never leave prison ever again.
Boise Police say Tudehope went into the Bank of the West branch at 10:48 a.m. May 11, handed the teller a note and demanded money. He told the teller he had a weapon, but didnt show it, police said.
Sgt. Randy Buzzini said officers arrived quickly after Tudehope ran away but were not able to find him.
Witnesses told police the robber spoke Spanish, had a salt-and-pepper beard and carried an Albertsons bag.
Surveillance footage released to the media helped police identify Tudehope as the suspect. He was found and arrested at a relatives home later that day.
In the 2006 case, police say Tudehope wore a Halloween mask and sunglasses while robbing a clerk at knife-point at a Cash Store on Overland Road. Tudehope eventually pleaded guilty to a robbery charge and was given a 15-year prison sentence. IDOC records show he was eligible for parole last fall and released in February meaning he was only out of prison for a few months before committing the Bank of the West hold-up.
Tudehope also pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in 1995 after trying to rob an Albertsons store on Overland Road, according to Statesman files and court records. In that case, he was placed on probation for seven years, according to court records.