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Speaking Volumes: Homeless Man Robs Bank to go Back to Prison

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

If you were given three square meals a day, a roof over your head, free healthcare, and down time without ever having to worry, you’d want to stay. Right? What if that place was prison?

Many people in prison are treated better that our veterans on the streets and that is extremely pathetic. Men and women who risked their lives and limbs are sleeping on the streets and eating out of trash cans, but scumbag criminals who loot and kill are living the high life.

Don’t think so? There are literally criminals who commit crimes in order to prison! A Nevada man recently made the news for robbing a bank so that he would be taken back.

Tommy Ray McAdoo, 78, confessed to committing a bank robbery in order to be sent back to prison. He will be sentenced in federal court Tuesday in Reno, NV and faces up to 25 years behind bars.

“In large part, Mr. McAdoo simply wanted to get out of the cold and return to prison,” his lawyer said.

His public defenders are asking for leniency in the case and are requesting a sentence of less than five years.

Rene Valladares and Lauren Gormon, public defenders, wrote in court papers, “Mr. McAdoo’s crime was committed by a gravely ill, homeless man, who, after staying out of the system for eight years, impulsively decided he needed to do something to go back to prison.”

The robbery occurred in the fall of 2016 when McAdoo walked into a bank in downtown Reno holding a steak knife and demanded money, writing his demand on the back of a casino sports betting sheet. He made off with more than $2,000.

His public defender initially entered a not guilty plea directly after the crime, but McAdoo later pleaded guilty to bank robbery with the use of a deadly weapon.

So in short, this man got out of prison and didn’t know how to provide for himself. Therefore he intentionally committed a crime on a large enough scale that he knew would send him back.

It’s sad that people are fighting more to get into prison than they are to stay out.

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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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