COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An El Paso County prosecutor told a judge on Thursday that Brock Butson intended to sell Butson's story about robbing banks to the highest bidder.
The prosecutor said Butson, 51, wrote letters from jail explaining that he wanted to sell the story about the bank holdups and use the money to take a nice vacation.
The revelation apparently was a factor in Judge Robert Lowrey's ruling against lowering Butson's $750,000 bond. Butson's charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of criminal attempted theft.
Butson's attorney, Damon Cassens, said Butson represents a low flight risk because he had a job as a maintenance man before his arrest. Linda Summers, a woman who said she's dated Butson for five years, told Lowrey that the need for pain medication forced Butson to commit the crimes.
"He had (several) physical ailments and his doctor took him off medication so that he wouldn't become addicted," said Summers. "(Doctors) didn't give him anything in its place."
Lowrey denied the bond reduction request, saying: "It's not a medical issue, it's a drug robbery issue."
Summers said Butson isn't the hardened criminal he's perceived to be.
"Bank robbery's not OK," she said. "Right? So I'm not saying that. What I am saying is, do we need to put somebody away for 30 to 40 years? There was nobody hurt, there was no weapon. This man is a good man."
Butson's ex-wife, Carolyn Butson, declined an interview but said she wants justice done and blames Butson for abusing their two sons, Braden and Nicholas Butson, and influencing their participation in the robberies.
Cassens said, "We're talking with the district attorney and flushing out our options."
Butson's next scheduled court appearance is a Dec. 2 arraignment. His sons are scheduled to appear in court next week.
Authorities said the Butsons robbed seven banks and tried to rob an eighth. One bank was targeted five times. The Butsons were arrested two months ago at a motel on the city's south side.