A Utah truck driver is now in prison for bank robbery following a lengthy legal battle in federal court that involved two mistrials and a hung jury.
Michael Charles Batie earlier this year agreed to a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery. He was sentenced to five years in prison for a 2003 hold-up at a Salt Lake Key Bank branch.
Batie's first trial ended in 2003 when a mistrial was declared after a witness testified that he had met Batie in prison, a slip that informed the jury that Batie had a prior criminal history.
A second mistrial occurred in 2004 when a juror spotted Batie being taken through a courthouse hallway in handcuffs.
Then in 2004, a jury trial went all the way through to deliberations, but ended when jurors were not able to come to a verdict and a hung jury was declared.