The 71-year-old man convicted of robbing the Berkshire Bank in Oriskany Falls while wearing a cowboy hat was sentenced this morning to 10 years in state prison.
Walter C. Parker, of Jefferson County, was sentenced by County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer today to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision, on a charge of second-degree robbery. Authorities said Parker entered the Main Street bank on May 8 and demanded money from a bank teller. Authorities said Parker was wearing a cowboy hat and was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. No one was injured in the robbery. Authorities said Parker fled the scene in a motor vehicle and returned home to West Carthage. Investigators located an article of clothing that Parker wore and it was tested for a DNA match. Parker was taken into custody in late May.
Parker has a history of robbing banks across Central New York, authorities said. According to Federal Court records, Parker was convicted following a jury trial in April 2005 to a series of other bank robberies. Court records show that Parker robbed the Charter One Bank in DeRuyter on April 5, 2004; the Alliance Bank in Cincinnatus on May 13, 2004; the NBT Bank in Whitney Point on June 2, 2004; and the First National Bank of Groton on July 21, 2004. Parker was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison following his conviction at trial. He was released on Dec. 27, 2013, according to federal prison records.