More than two years after a tracking device led Lodi police to a bank robbery suspect, the man pleaded guilty Thursday.
John Lawrence Wilson, 45, admitted to robbing Bank of America, 700 W. Kettleman Lane, as well as another bank in Stockton, according to San Joaquin County Court records.
Wilson was sentenced to two years in prison, less than the time he has already served in the county jail. He was ordered released from custody, but he must report to a parole officer within two days, court records show.
Wilson was caught after the April 30, 2008, robbery, when a bank tracking device led Lodi officers to him. He was found hiding in the attic of a Stockton home and arrested without incident. Authorities then tied him to two previous bank robberies in Stockton.
On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to two robberies, and prosecutors in turn dropped a charge of attempted robbery. He was ordered to pay $9,686.75 in restitution, as well as a $252.75 fine, court records show.
The conviction counts as two strikes under California's three-strikes law, meaning that a sentence future convictions could be lengthened.
Wind, fire weather advisory
It's going to be warm and windy today and Saturday — so much so that the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather warning.
Winds will be at 15 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, the Weather Service reported in its warning issued Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, temperatures will reach 87 today but will rise to 94 on Saturday and 96 on Sunday, according to private forecasting firm AccuWeather.com.
Humidity will be low, which is more comfortable, but it also adds to the fire danger as everything dries out. Spring brought plenty of rain, which caused weeds and grasses to grow, and they are now drying out.
The weather advisory is in effect from this morning through Saturday evening.