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Duct tape bandit’ sentenced to 10 years

May 24, 2008

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— A man who wrapped his head in duct tape and tried to rob an eastern Kentucky liquor store was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for the bizarre caper which spawned mocking videos on YouTube.

Judge David Hagerman sentenced 25-year-old Kasey G. Kazee in Boyd Circuit Court, said deputy circuit clerk Cathy Alley.

Kazee pleaded guilty last month to second-degree robbery.

Police said Kazee entered an Ashland liquor store on Aug. 10 with his entire head, except for openings at his eyes and mouth, wrapped in duct tape.

Police said he threatened to harm a clerk if she didn't give him money from the cash register and she complied. Before the "Duct Tape Bandit" could make his getaway, another store employee tackled him in the parking lot and he was detained until officers arrived.

Police said no weapon was found on Kazee when he was arrested.

And the duct tape proved easy to remove.

"He had perspired so much it nearly fell off," said Susan Sherman, assistant to the patrol commander at the Ashland Police Department.

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