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When police searched William's home, they found the evidence they needed to prove he was the criminal in the surveillance photos. Along with the clothes he was wearing during the crime and the gun he carried, they found a journal that outlined a "secret" life, filled with marital infidelities and the use of drugs like crack cocaine.

William's secret behavior cemented the brothers' belief that they'd acted correctly. "To find out he had this [secret] double life going on was what angered me so much. That he could [cheat on and lie to] my mother," Jared says. "Nobody messes with Mom."

William was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven bank robberies.

Though this has been a difficult time in the brothers' lives, they say they in no way regret their decision to notify the police. "It really wasn't a choice," Clay says. "It was just what we had to do. The ironic thing is that's what we learned to do growing up. He helped us in learning how to make quick decisions, and he made it really clear that you tell the truth."
FROM: The Bank-Robbing Dad and the Shocked Sons Who Turned Him In
Published on January 25, 2006


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