After half-century of crime, bank robbers facing 57 years in prison

SEATTLE -- Two men who have been committing crimes for the better part of half a century are facing a minimum of 57 years in prison after being convicted for three bank robberies in the Seattle area in 2011.

Jack Sexton, 66, and Ronald Kettells, 65, were found guilty Wednesday and will be sentenced in June.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, both men have numerous prior convictions for assault, burglary, bank robbery and forgery dating back to the 1960s.

They had recently been released from prison when they robbed a trio of banks from August to October 2011.

On Aug. 8, 2011, Sexton and Kettells, wearing a bandanna and a T-shirt over their faces, entered a KeyBank on Holman Road in North Seattle, pointed a handgun at tellers and threatened to kill them.

Graduating to more elaborate disguises, the pair robbed a Wells Fargo on Greenwood Avenue in Shoreline on Sept. 12, 2011 while wearing masks depicting an old man and President Richard Nixon.

Their Oct. 20, 2011 robbery at a Washington Federal Savings branch in West Seattle featuring the same old-man mask plus a Hilary Clinton mask.

In the second and third robberies, Sexton and Kettells used a hangun and a shotgun to threaten tellers.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a neighbor at one of the robberies got the license plate number of the getaway car, which led police to Sexton and Kettells.

In addition to the bags, guns and masks used in the robberies being found in the car, DNA on the masks linked them to Sexton and Kettells, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.