Feces-eating bank robber sentenced to seven years
June 9, 2015
A 40-year-old man who said the Virgin Mary ordered him to rob a San Luis Obispo bank and eat his own feces has received a seven-year prison sentence. [KSBY]
San Luis Obispo Judge Donald Umhofer said during Monday’s sentencing hearing that Andrew Gilbertson was putting on a performance when, while on the stand in March, Gilbertson reached into his pants, pulled out poop and began eating it. Umhofer also said he agreed with the verdict and that Gilbertson clearly knew what he was doing when he robbed the bank.
In July 2013, Gilbertson disguised himself by wearing a hat and a pink child’s backpack. He then entered the Bank of America branch on Santa Rosa Street and handed a teller a note with a drawing of a peace sign that said “Give me the money.” Officers arrested Gibertson in Atascadero a few hours later.
Prosecutors claimed Gilbertson was a man seeking methamphetamine who planned out the robbery and then changed his appearance to avoid arrest. His defense attorney argued that Gilbertson suffered mental illness for more than a decade, heard voices and had a history of harming himself that included blinding one eye.
Gilbertson pleaded not guilty by way of insanity, but a jury found him sane. The jury then convicted him of one count of robbery and one count of burglary.
On Monday, Gilbertson read a letter in which he insisted that he is insane.
“I’ve been to Atascadero State Hospital twice on six-month tours. Each time I hear voices, and I see things. I get into tantrums and hit myself because I don’t want to do the things the voices tell me. I am blind in right eye because of it,” Gilbertson stated in his address to Umhofer.
Umhofer ordered Gilbertson to pay more than $300 in restitution, in addition to serving seven years in state prison.
Gilbertson has a prior conviction of sexual battery, and he is registered as a sex offender.