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Bank robber pleads guilty

Armed with a handgun and standing outside an Ogden bank earlier this year, readying himself for what would have been his third heist in as many months, Milo Y. Nimori had an attack of conscience and decided to walk away.

Unfortunately, the Feb. 11 incident was Nimori's third consecutive trip to the institution, and he had already raised suspicions. Police arrested the Layton man some 40 yards from the Zions Bank.

Nimori, 38, pleaded guilty this past week to attempted robbery, as well as three additional counts of bank robbery. He also entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The former director of security for Barnes Banking Co. told U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell that he began robbing banks as a way to pay off a business debt but realized on that February day that he could no longer continue the criminal conduct.

"I just couldn't do it anymore," Nimori said in court. "It was weighing on me."

Nimori said he stood outside the bank "trying to talk myself into" going through with the robbery, which he was ultimately unable to do.

With his family members looking on, Nimori admitted to taking some $32,000 in two prior robberies — one on Nov. 18 at a Bountiful First National Bank and another on Dec. 11 at First National Bank in Clearfield. He also attempted to rob a Layton Zions Bank on Nov. 15, but received no money that time. In each instance, Nimori was armed with a handgun.

Nimori faces between 16 and 18 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 13. Under the terms of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors have agreed to recommend he receive the low end of federal sentencing guidelines — nine years instead of 11 — plus a mandatory-minimum seven-year term for the firearms count.

Nimori was originally charged with three additional firearms charges, which would have mandated an additional 75 years behind bars, but prosecutors dropped those counts earlier this month.