Bank robber faces consequences tomorrow

A 43-year-old North Pole man, accused of robbing the First National Bank of Alaska on the Johansen Expressway a year ago, will change his not guilty pleas and be sentenced during hearings set for tomorrow.

Willie Russell Toomer is charged with first degree robbery, felony assault, evidence tampering, and vehicle theft.

Authorities say that on Valentines Day, 2011, Toomer made off with close to 5300 dollars. He then hailed a taxi-cab and remained at large, stopping at home to speak with his girlfriend, and use some of the money to pay the rent on his North Pole residence.

Toomer was apprehended in Delta Junction a day later while trying to leave the state in yet another taxi.

A check of records on file with the Alaska court system says Toomer has a criminal history that dates back to at least 1989.

He could receive as much as 25 years in jail.

Friday's change of plea and sentencing hearing will be held in front of Judge Michael Mconaghy.