Rick Egan
FILE - Bret Michael Edmunds in third district court with his attorney Gregory G. Skorda on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002. Edmunds, who police once questioned in the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart, is going to prison for bank robbery.

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who police once questioned in the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart is going to prison for bank robbery.

A federal judge sentenced Bret Michael Edmunds to nine years and four months behind bars followed by three years probation for robbing a Zions Bank in Draper and a Utah First Credit Union in Provo last year. In both cases he handed the teller a note demanding money and claiming to have a gun. He made off with a total of $2,117.

Edmunds, 42, pleaded guilty to the two robberies in exchange for prosecutors dropping five other robbery counts against him.

2 comments on this story

Edmunds was the focus of a nationwide manhunt shortly after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Federal Heights home in 2002. A milk delivery driver told police he saw Edmunds’ car in the area of Smart's house on the morning of the abduction.

Edmunds was finally found in a West Virginia hospital following an apparent drug overdose. He was questioned by federal authorities and cleared in the kidnapping. He has a long criminal history, including being sentenced to prison in 2002 for failing to stop for police and assault on a peace officer.