James Walker Morales, 37, of Cambridge, arrested last year in Somerville after trying to rob a bank there and one in Cambridge, was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in federal prison yesterday.
Morales, 37, had pleaded guilty last November to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a machine gun; one count of possession of stolen firearms, one count of theft of government property; one count of conspiracy to possess, store, conceal, and sell stolen weapons, one count of escape and two counts of attempted bank robbery, the US Attorney's office reports.
Morales briefly became a one-man crime spree between 2015, when he was on the lam on child-rape charges out of Middlesex County, and 2017, when State Police captured him after the Somerville attempt, which a teller foiled by telling him she couldn't give him money.
Morales wished the teller a nice day and exited the bank.
According to the US Attorney's office, Morales broke into an Army Reserve armory in Worcester - where he had served while in the Army Reserve - and stole six M-4 Carbines and 10 M-11 handguns, sold five of the weapons in Dorchester, fled to New York, was arrested on Long Island and put in a prison in Rhode Island, which he escaped before trying to hold up the Cambridge and Somerville banks.
Authorities quickly identified Morales as the suspect in the armory break-in because some blood he left behind when he cut himself on an edge of the ceiling hole he cut to gain entry to the facility. Also, he was still wearing the GPS monitor a judge had ordered for him as a condition of his bail on the child-rape charges.
The two people who helped facilitate Morales's sale of guns in Dorchester - Ashley Bigsbee and Tyrone James - are currently serving federal time as well - Bigsbee got 21 months and James 57.