That's the lesson Otis McAllister learned while trying to reduce his 37-year prison sentence.
McAllister, a convicted bank robber, concocted a plan to stage a fake bank robbery with two of his cousins. The idea was McAllister would report the robbery before it happens, earning him a break from federal authorities.
The plan backfired.
McAllister recruited two of his cousins to rob a St. Louis County bank. The duo would prepare for the robbery, but would not actually rob the bank. They mistakenly believed they would not be arrested or charged for bank robbery, as no robbery was committed.
Instead, McAllister was convicted of solicitation to commit a crime of violence last Thursday. One cousin, Ray Bassett, was convicted of bank conspiracy and two gun charges. The other cousin, Willie Bassett, was acquitted on all charges.
McAllister was originally convicted in 2006.
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