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Local musician sentenced to 10 years probation

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A local musician has been sentenced to 10 years probation after he accepted a plea bargain in his attempted bank robbery case.

Richard Steven Haskins, 28, entered into a plea agreement in Judge Bruce McFarling’s 362nd District Court on Aug. 1 and received 10 years deferred adjudication.

The sentence, court records show, includes 240 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail.

Haskins was charged with attempting to rob a bank in the 600 block of West University Drive last December.

Denton police reported he went through the drive-through lane and passed a note to the employee threatening to rush the front doors if the money from the cash drawers was not delivered to him through the drive-through carrier. Police said he drove off with no money.

Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police, said during their search for a suspect shortly after the attempted robbery, Haskins turned himself in. He spent a week in jail before posting a $25,000 bond for the robbery charge and $2,000 on a criminal trespass charge from last July.

Haskins is best known for his punk rock group the Wee-Beasties. The band was formed while Haskins was still a student at Ryan High School. He also owned and operated Black Bottle Recording Studio before shutting its doors several years ago.

John Moore, Haskins’ court-appointed attorney, said he does not comment to the press on behalf of his clients.

Jamie Beck, first assistant district attorney, said she couldn’t go into details because of health privacy laws, but said Haskins has a long history of mental health issues that will be addressed through the terms and conditions of his probation.

Haskins’ charge, officials said, was a second degree felony and the maximum sentence was 20 years in jail. If Haskins successfully completes his sentence, he will have a record but no conviction.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.