Bank-robbing dad pleads guilty and gets 24 years in prison

The man who recruited his own children for bank heists plead guilty to avoid a trial
December 5, 2013 5:15:03 PM PST
A serial bank robber who recruited his own son and daughter to help him during a string of hold-ups has learned his fate, and he only spoke to Eyewitness News after being handed his sentence.

Ronald Scott Catt took a deal to avoid trial and the potential of life in prison, pleading guilty in court, and as he did so, he wrote the final chapter in the saga of his family's bank robbing crime spree.

"I'll admit that I committed more than one, but that's as far as I'll go," Catt said.

Investigators say Catt robbed as many as seven banks between here and Oregon. He confessed during an interview with detectives.

In surveillance video of one heist you could see Catt wearing a bright orange construction vest, painter's mask and gloves. Investigators say his son Hayden was similarly dressed with a fake moustache. His 18-year-old daughter drove the getaway vehicle.

Prosecutor Chris Delozier said, "He could have gotten both these children killed."

Catt says involving his kids is one of his greatest regrets.

"The last thing I wanted to do was try and put them on the stand and relive it, and try and discredit their statements," he said. "That just didn't serve anybody."

Catt explains that with banks being federally insured, he figured there were really no victims. To those terrorized during the holdups, he apologized.

Catt must serve half of his 24 year sentence before becoming eligible for parole. At that point he'll be 62. His son and daughter also pled guilty and are serving prison time. Find Kevin on Facebook at ABC13KevinQuinn or on Twitter at @kquinn001

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