Federal judge sentences man to 14 years for 2011 Eugene bank robbery

Federal judge sentences man to 14 years for 2011 Eugene bank robbery
Leodis Robert Roach

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Multnomah County man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced to 14 years and 4 months in a federal prison Thursday for robbing the Bank of America in downtown Eugene.

Leodis Robert Roach, 31, of Multnomah County, was sentenced to 10 additional years after U.S.Marshals found him riding in a car outside outside Spokane, Wash. with a loaded pistol, Department of Justice officials said.

Both federal sentences will be added to the time Roach is already serving a 10-year sentence in Oregon after he plead guilty as a career criminal last year.

According to officials with the Department of Justice, Roach shot a person in Portland over an illegal drug debt in 2001. He was convicted of first-degree assault, officials said. After his release in 2009, Roach started taking classes at Lane Community College.

U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall said that Roach was convicted again in April 2010 for attempting to elude Portland police, which is a felony. U.S. Marshals arrested Roach in May, 2011 for illegally possessing a loaded .45 caliber pistol near Spokane, Washington. Roach was released from custody pending his trial on the federal firearm charge. 

The attorney said Roach was in a gunfight with a drug dealer a month later while committing a robbery in a commercial area of Portland.

On July 22, 2011, Roach robbed the Bank of America in Eugene and, with the aid of an accomplice, returned to Portland, the Department of Justice said. Portland Police arrested Roach for the Eugene bank robbery a month later.

An Oregon State judge sentenced Roach to ten years in prison March 20, 2013 after a jury found him guilty of first degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

On November 14, 2013, Roach appeared in federal court in Eugene and pled guilty to robbing the Bank of America in Eugene as a career criminal. Roach earlier pleaded guilty to illegally possessing the loaded pistol in Washington.