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LUBBOCK, Texas — 48-year-old Matthew C. Courtney pled guilty last week to two counts of robbery by force, violence, or intimidation.

Courtney, aka Pretty Boy, was recently released from federal prison for his role in the theft of 26 firearms from a Lubbock home in 2005 — after serving 175 months. He was to serve three years of supervised release following this term of imprisonment which began on August 28, 2019.

Five months after his release, though, on February 24, 2020, federal prosecutors say Courtney walked into the City Bank in Lubbock wearing sunglasses and a black jacket with a fur-lined hood covering his head. Courtney handed the teller a withdrawal slip with the word "robbery" written on it — investigators would later pull a latent fingerprint from the slip matching Courtney's fingerprints.

Three days later, on February 24, 2020, Courtney entered the Aim Bank in Lubbock and approached a teller station with paperwork, cardboard, and a black bag. On the cardboard, prosecutors say Courtney wrote "you're getting robbed." Bank tellers put money into Courtney's bag and he fled after grabbing business cards for two of the tellers.

Lubbock Police Department investigators had determined that Courtney rented a room at the Embassy Suites hotel and, after executing a search warrant, located two black jackets matching the description from both bank robberies, a black hair dryer bag with cash inside of it, and the Aim Bank teller's business cards floating in the toilet.

Courtney wasn't located at the Embassy Suites but investigators learned he moved to the Hilton Garden Inn. When officers arrived at that location, they spotted a grey passenger car sitting near the front entrance of the hotel with its lights on — Courtney was in the front passenger seat with his head down. He was found to be in possession of four $100 bills in his lap and another $225 in cash in his wallet.

Courtney was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on February 25, 2020, where he has remained jailed on the two bank robbery charges and on a federal detention order brought on by a revocation of his supervised release.

On March 25, 2020, Courtney pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery by force, violence, or intimidation before U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant, Jr.

On both charges, Courtney faces up to 40 years in federal prison, a combined fine up to $500,000, and two three-year terms of supervised release.

At the time of Courtney's 2005 offense, federal prosecutors said he was a "major" in the Aryan Brotherhood gang. He was sentenced to 175 months in federal prison in that case on charges for conspiracy to possess and dispose of stolen firearms, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen firearms.

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