A Man Who Wanted to Start Over Heads to Prison

Thomas Smith, the man who made headlines in late 2015 when he was fired by Wal-Mart over recyclable cans in the parking lot, is headed to prison for 15 years for bank robbery.  

Smith admitted to robbing four Albany banks last summer - including the same branch, twice,  Prosecutors say he slapped a teller in the face in one incident.  

During others, he told bank employees he had a gun.   Smith was at the center of what became a nationwide controversy over his firing from Wal-Mart.  He was offered a new job at the time, and even had a GoFundMe account to help him get back on his feet.

Photo: Albany County District Attorney's Office

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