Shady Cove robber enters plea, is sentenced

A man who robbed the PremierWest Bank in Shady Cove in November pleaded guilty and was sentenced this morning in Jackson County Circuit Court to four years in prison.

A tip from a family member, handwriting analysis of the robbery demand note and eyewitness identification persuaded Bruce Ryan Satterlee, 27, to plead guilty to one count of second-degree robbery, said Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Satterlee was sentenced to 50 months in prison and five years of post-prison supervision. He must also pay approximately $2,000 in associated fines and restitution.

The robbery occurred just before noon on Nov. 13. Satterlee entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller, who remained remarkably calm, gave Satterlee several opportunities to leave without money, said Shady Cove police Sgt. Julie Denney after the sentencing. He took $400 from the teller, apologized and ran away before police arrived.

Investigators caught up with him at the trailer he shared with his mother several days later and arrested him.

Satterlee also faces two first-degree criminal mistreatment charges stemming from the death of toddler Caleb David Hearne last year and abuse to another child in the home at that time. Prosecutors allege that he knew of abuse of the children, but did nothing. He has since separated from the children's mother, Trisha Marie Torresan, 25, who is in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree criminally negligent homicide.

— Sanne Specht

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