Man convicted in May bank robbery starts prison time
by Joshua Sharpe
October 03, 2013 11:23 PM | 2451 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Acworth man was turned over to the Georgia Department of Corrections on Tuesday to begin a term in state prison after pleading guilty in the robbery of a Woodstock bank in the spring.

Nathan Alexander Dotson, 20, was convicted in the May 1 robbery of Regions Bank near downtown Woodstock and was sentenced to 10 years by a Cherokee County Superior Court judge Sept. 20, District Attorney Shannon Wallace said.

The first two years of Dotson’s sentence will be served in state prison and the remainder on probation. He will receive credit toward his prison term for time served in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, where he had been jailed since May 1, court records show.

Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said the Acworth man was released from the Cherokee County jail Tuesday and sent to Jackson State Diagnostic Prison in Butts County where he will be evaluated before being sent to a permanent correctional facility.

Dotson was arrested the same day of the robbery by Woodstock Police at a bus station in Atlanta, where police believed he was about to board a bus and skip town.

He then confessed to the crime, police said.

Earlier that day, police said Dotson walked in to the bank on Main Street and demanded a teller hand over cash.

According to his indictment filed in July, Dotson approached a teller and told her to “Give me the money in the vault or you will get hurt.”

The woman agreed and he made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

After the robbery, police released photos of the suspect from the bank’s surveillance camera and received several tips on his whereabouts before he was arrested at the bus station.

He was charged with robbery by intimidation and entered a non-negotiated plea, Wallace said.

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