A former Minneapolis police officer pled guilty Tuesday to robbing several people and convenience stores in the south metro last winter. The plea comes months after 29-year-old Timothy Carson admitted to robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Apple Valley.
Tuesday, Carson pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and two counts of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in connection with crimes in Apple Valley, Rosemount and Eagan from Dec. 12, 2009 to Jan. 5, 2010.
Carson made off with $4,580 in the Apple Valley robbery, to which he pled guilty to in March and received 96 months in prison. He was later charged in Hennepin County in connection with five other robberies, including the Dec. 31 robbery of a woman at a bus stop on 28th Avenue South in Minneapolis, where he demanded her purse and ATM code. Carson also pled guilty to those crime and received a sentence fo 10 years in prison.
Many of the Hennepin County robberies took place near the Minneapolis third precinct, where Carson was based before his arrest.
In June, federal defender Andrea George said Carson was broke, worried about his sick daughter and haunted by nightmares about his time fighting in Iraq. George said Carson hoped police would kill him so his sick daughter and wife could get an insurance payout.
Carson will be sentenced on Dec. 14 for the most recent set of crimes.