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10 YEARS FOR BANK ROBBER

One of the men involved in a May 6 bank robbery in Elgin was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday in Union County Circuit Court.

Paul Joseph Kolar, 23, of northern Idaho was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment without opportunity of early release, as mandated by Measure 11.

He used a shotgun in the robbery of the U.S. Bank at 800 Alder St. in Elgin about 3:30 p.m. May 6. He was charged with three counts of second-degree robbery.

Tracy Wayne Humphreys, 29, the other person involved in the incident, goes to trial Nov. 4. Both men are in the Umatilla County jail.

"One of the victims read a very moving letter at the sentencing," said District Attorney Russ West. "Since it was a Measure 11 crime, Kolar will have to serve the full 10 years. He won't get an early parole."

West said Elgin Police Chief Dayton Sibley "was right on the spot. He chased the men to Booth Lane, where they wrecked (the vehicle they were driving) and Kolar ran into a field with the money and a shotgun."

West said Kolar could possibly still be facing charges of escape from an Idaho prison. He had been held in the Benewah County, Idaho, jail on a felony conviction and was awaiting transfer to the Idaho state prison when he escaped.

Police have said Humphreys, who also escaped from the Idaho jail, is of concern to Salem area police in connection with the murder of a child.

Union County Sheriff Steve Oliver and Oregon State Police Lt. Reg Madsen arrived at the Booth Lane location to assist Sibley after the high-speed chase from Elgin ended.

Speeds were estimated by Sibley to be up to 120 mph.

Sibley said he thought all the money taken from the bank had been recovered, with an assist by some local citizens, who helped gather it up.

During the robbery, three bank employees had been held at gunpoint, although no shots were fired.

— Ray Linker

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