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81-year-old deemed mentally fit for trial on robbery charge

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 15:07:58-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ruled an 81-year-old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars for stealing from banks is mentally fit to stand trial on a charge that he robbed a credit union in Tucson.

Robert Krebs claimed he has had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

But a psychologist had found Krebs didn't have a mental illness or cognitive impairment and instead was malingering to avoid prosecution for the 2018 robbery in Tucson.

Krebs served more than 30 years for a 1981 bank robbery in Florida and was sentenced to three years for a 1966 conviction in Chicago for embezzlement.

He did 17 years in Arizona for convictions dating back to 1980.

Krebs pleaded not guilty to a bank robbery charge stemming from the 2018 heist.