STILLWATER — An ex-convict who was accused of robbing a teller on her second day at the Stillwater National Bank’s main branch downtown nearly two years ago has avoided a jury trial this week by pleading guilty to a reduced charge.
Brad Michael Harris, 29, of Stillwater, who was scheduled to be tried on a robbery by fear charge, accepted a plea bargain last week on an amended charge of second-degree robbery, court records show.
In his written guilty plea admitting the April 5, 2006, bank heist, Harris said, “I told a bank teller to put all her cash in a bag.”
Harris has been jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail since Stillwater police arrested him the day after the robbery. Harris was a part-time model for an art class at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Police Lt. Mike Metcalf said.
He was taken into custody while he was in front of the campus fire station on Knoblock Street, Metcalf said. Harris, who was not an OSU student, had gone to Tulsa after committing the robbery and then returned to Stillwater with an acquaintance, Metcalf said.
Metcalf declined to disclose the amount of money taken from the bank or the amount recovered by police.
Harris had been released from an Arizona prison about four months before the Stillwater bank heist.
According to court documents, Harris’s plea bargain calls for him to be given a 15-year prison term, with credit for the 20 months he has been jailed.
When Harris entered his guilty plea last week, he told District Judge Donald Worthington that he has been receiving his medication in custody and taking it as directed. Harris remains jailed pending his sentencing on Feb. 15.
Harris has been treated for mental illness in the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, court records show.
He was paroled after serving time for a 1999 Arizona conspiracy conviction, state Department of Corrections records show.
At age 19, Harris was sent to prison boot camp from Payne County for false reporting of a crime, perjury by false affidavit and obtaining merchandise by bogus check, all in 1997, records show.
He also has convictions from Payne County for auto burglary, concealing stolen property and marijuana possession, for which he received five years’ probation in 1998, state DOC records show.
He also has a conviction for shoplifting in Garfield County, for which he receive one year of probation in 1999, state DOC records show.