Tahoe man pleads guilty
A man who wore sunglasses and a knit cap when he robbed an El Dorado Savings Bank in December 1999 has pleaded guilty to the crime.
Police linked the bank robbery to Dean Listner, 45, of South Lake Tahoe, after evidence technicians pulled a thumbprint from a note passed to a teller. The F.B.I. identified it as Listner’s.
Listner made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the bank at the 3900 block of U.S. Highway 50, which today is a U.S. Post Office. He evaded police until February 2001 when law enforcement agents caught him in Lancaster, Calif., a town north of Los Angeles. Listner has a sister who lives there.
The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery Tuesday. As part of a plea bargain, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce the charges filed against Listner. They had charged him with robbery with a weapon enhancement and a sentence enhancement because of a prior strike.
Prosecutors filed a weapon charge because a bank teller reportedly saw a metal pipe sticking from the robber’s pocket. The strike is a result of a bar fight about 10 years ago for which Listner was convicted of felony assault.
Listner is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison for the crime, said El Dorado County Deputy Public Defender Simon Harvey. The maximum he could receive is five years.
“It was a fairly low-level robbery. There was not a whole lot of money involved,” Harvey said. “We got what I thought was an appropriate deal. They got rid of the strike and the gun enhancement. He got three, he could have gotten seven or 11.”
Listner’s sentencing date is scheduled June 21.
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