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Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 years (Chicago)
Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2014 8:10 PM EDT | Michael Tarm

Posted on 04/17/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home—prison.

Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in his waistband during the 2013 heist, a federal judge imposed a 3½-year prison sentence, citing a rap sheet that includes crimes from home invasion to kidnapping.

“This is not the first time you’ve inspired fear,” Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said, scolding the high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman.

As he had on the day he robbed the bank, Unbehaun gripped a cane as he hobbled to a podium to make a brief statement. He didn’t withdraw his wish to go to prison, though he said, “I don’t want to die in prison.” …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bankrobbery; chicago; homesick; prison

1 posted on 04/17/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Grandpa is off the streets.

From his perspective, he gets free room and board, a roof over his head, fully covered medical care and even a burial benefit.

When you’re a senior criminal, life is a lot easier on the inside than out on the streets.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 5:56:24 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Olog-hai
was this the guy:


3 posted on 04/17/2014 5:56:33 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Olog-hai

Shawshank Redemption


4 posted on 04/17/2014 6:00:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Olog-hai
the high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman.

I'll sleep better tonight, knowing young liberals still have a career path.

5 posted on 04/17/2014 6:00:26 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: Olog-hai

6 posted on 04/17/2014 6:08:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: KC_Lion

Life on the outside ain't what it used to be....

7 posted on 04/17/2014 6:12:14 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: goldstategop
When you’re a senior criminal, life is a lot easier on the inside than out on the streets.

Generally, the other inmates don't prey on the old guys, and you are right, many of them have it better in prison than they do on the streets. I have seen it up close.

8 posted on 04/17/2014 6:21:01 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: goldstategop

I think since he was in prison his whole life basically. I can see why he would miss it. I mean it is a mean place but I would imagine that they make genuine friendships and even get into a routine that they come to appreciate. I doubt the guy was going to hurt anybody at this point. He just wanted to get back to the life he knows.


9 posted on 04/17/2014 6:32:42 PM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Olog-hai

“part-time bathtub repairman”

For real? That’s a real occupation?


10 posted on 04/17/2014 6:47:28 PM PDT by Holly_P
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To: napscoordinator

I pray that I am never so ill or mentally incapacitated that I prefer prison to living free.


11 posted on 04/17/2014 6:49:30 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Olog-hai

Well, he didn’t hurt anybody. Maybe they should let him out early for good behavior.


12 posted on 04/17/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Holly_P

For real? That’s a real occupation?


x2 Seriously? Is that even listed in the yellowpages?

I know of a guy who did this in the South many years ago. He was living in a bus. He robbed a bank using a note and had called his probation officer and admitted to doing it. He had all his stuff packed up, apologized for the hassle, and said he wanted to go back to jail and he hoped he had not scared the nice lady.

Some people quickly become institutionalized and lose the skills (probably lacking to start with) to function on their own. Perhaps the structure of jail outweighs the insecurities and unpleasantness. They don’t really fear jail beyond their outside addictions. Sad.


13 posted on 04/17/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT by volunbeer
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To: napscoordinator

Just as some children truly love and want to be with their abusive parent(s). It’s hard to understand, but that’s all they’ve ever known.

And that life on the outside can seem more brutal than prison since no one is there to hand the person a tray of free food, no free roof, no free shower, etc.

You make a good point, Naps.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 7:18:35 PM PDT by SouthernClaire (GOD BLESS AMERICA)
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