April 9, 2015, is a day Roland Thompson will never forget. It’s the day the convicted bank robber and ex-heroin addict was released from prison. Thompson is a Utah native. He comes from a decent family. But like many of us, decided to walk down the wrong path. He started smoking and drinking at a young age, then an injury lead him to prescription pain pills and things spiraled from there.
In the early 2000s, he became desperate for cash and began robbing banks to fund his heroin habit. And he wasn’t bad at it. In a ski mask, with a loaded gun, he would quickly slip into financial institutions he’d cased and take whatever was available in the till. He never actually got caught. But his partners did. And in 2007, their testimony ended up sending him away for 10 years (his sentence was eventually shortened to just under nine years thanks to good behavior).