A Guernsey County judge Friday sentenced a retired, decorated Dayton detective to 9 1/2 years in prison for a November robbery of a Cambridge bank.
David Hirst, 50, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery, kidnapping, grand theft, inducing panic and weapons charges.
Common Pleas Judge David A. Ellwood sentenced Hirst to the mandatory three years on the weapons charge, said county Prosecutor David Padden. The judge then combined the kidnapping and grand theft charges into the aggravated robbery charge and sentenced Hirst to five years to be served after he completed the three-year weapons sentence. The judge then sentenced Hirst to the maximum 18 months on the inducing panic, also to be served consecutively.
“The judge noted that downtown Cambridge was closed down for half a day because of Dave’s actions,” said Hirt’s attorney, Nicholas Gounaris of Dayton.
Hirst previously had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
Hirst has been in the Guernsey County Jail since Nov. 1 under $1 million bond after he was arrested by police in the parking lot of the US Bank in downtown Cambridge.
The former fraud detective, who served 25 years in the Dayton Police Department, entered the bank adjacent to the county courthouse Nov. 1. He handed a teller a note demanding cash, took the teller into the vault, then fled out the back door with $60,000 in cash, according to Padden.
Hirst was confronted in the parking lot by a Cambridge officer. Hirst — armed with a loaded .40-caliber Glock and .380-caliber Ruger handguns — was taken into custody without incident. He told officers he had an explosive device, which triggered the evacuation of several downtown blocks. The device later was found to be a dummy.
One of Hirst’s numerous commendations was for the apprehension of a bank robber. He retired in November 2011.
In court, Hirst apologized to his family, his fellow officers and the people of Cambridge, Gounaris said. “He said he was not himself. That he was having difficulty since he retired dealing with the things he dealt with on the job.”