Kansas man may serve 27 years in prison

A Kansas felon arrested in the gunpoint robberies of a Las vegas Strip casino cashier and a community bank branch will face federal charges that could get him up to 27 years in prison as a career offender, the district attorney in Las Vega said.

Scott Alan Carmitchel, 34, could face more prison time if he is convicted in federal court than in state court, so Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he would defer to federal prosecutors.

“We believe they can get the most bang for the buck and therefore it would be in everybodys best interest to let the U.S. attorney’s office prosecute the case,” Wolfson told the Las Vegas Review -Journal.

A Wolfson aid and a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden confirmed Wednesday that Carmitchel will face trial in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. Wolfson said state charges would be dropped.

Carmitchel was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on one charge of interference with commerece by robbery in a July 25 heist at the Bellagio resort, and one count of armed bank robbery in a July 22 hold up at a City national Bank branch east of downtown. His arraignment is set for Aug.14.

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