Bank Robber Sentenced to Prison for 25 Years

Author: District Attorney
Date: 10/20/2020 6:04:55 PM

Judge sentences Michael Isodor Wallravin (62) to 25-years-to-life in state prison for bank robbery in Paso Robles nearly one year ago.

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge has sentenced Michael Isodor Wallravin (62) to serve 25-years-to-life in state prison for the November 15, 2019 robbery of Premier Heritage Oaks Bank in Paso Robles. He was convcited by a San Luis Obispo County Jury on September 18, 2020.

On November 15, 2019, Paso Robles Police Department responded to a bank robbery at Premier Heritage Oaks Bank. Witnesses described the two suspects as wearing masks and armed with guns. The robbers made off with a large amount of cash. Further investigation lead to Michael Isodor Wallravin, of Paso Robles, who attempted to flee from law enforcement officers when contacted by police. A search of his person revealed that he had possession of 'bait' money from the bank and a quantity of methamphetamine. 

Wallravin was also proven to have been convicted of prior serious and violent offenses making his case a three-strikes sentencing case. A jury found true the allegations that he was previously convicted of two separate counts of robbery in 1991. Wallravin was previously sentenced to serve 12 years in state prison after those earlier robberies.

The lengthy prison sentence in this case is pursuant to California's Three Strikes Law that says if a career criminal already convicted of two crimes defined as serious or violent is convicted of a new serious or violent offense, they can be sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison.

"We will always aggressively prosecute violent crimes like robbery and pursue appropriately tough sentences," said District Attorney Dan Dow. "With frequent 'reforms' to criminal law in California, we cannot accurately predict how much of his sentence this career criminal will actually serve, but for the foreseeable future, he will be unable to victimize anyone in our community."   

This case was investigated by the Paso Robles Police Department and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney James Graff-Radford. A copy of the charging document can be found here. A copy of the defendant's booking photo can be found here

Please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran at (805) 781-5811 for additional information.

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