Thompson, also known as Brian Thompson, faced a maximum of 20
years behind bars but was given a lower term under federal
sentencing guidelines because she pleaded guilty and accepted
responsibility for the crime, said her attorney, David Weiss.
Thompson, 59, pleaded guilty in August to a single count of bank
robbery, said John Powell, spokesman for U.S. Attorney
According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest warrant
affidavit filed in the case, Thompson entered the U.S Bank
branch in Cheyenne on July 27 and handed the teller a note
written on cardboard that read, "I have a gun. Give me all your
money," the affidavit said.
The teller turned over $16,300 in currency to Thompson who took
the money outside the bank, handed some of it to people on the
street, threw more cash in the air, and then sat down on an
overturned bucket and waited to be arrested, the FBI said.
A responding Cheyenne police officer told the FBI that Thompson
admitted to the theft. "I just robbed the bank, I want to go
back to prison," according to the affidavit. All of the stolen
cash was recovered.
Thompson was released from an Oregon lockup in June and told a
parole officer that she did not want to be freed, the FBI
She ultimately hopped a train in La Grande, Oregon and ended up
in Cheyenne, the affidavit said, where she was assaulted and
later denied a space at a local homeless shelter during her week
It was then Thompson decided to carry out the heist because she
could not survive on the streets, she told investigators.
Thompson was featured in a 2006 documentary film about
transgender inmates, “Cruel & Unusual.”
In a clip from that movie, Thompson said when she decided to
live openly as a woman she could no longer find work, and stole
scrap metal for a living.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Andrew
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