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Denton singer Richard Haskins given 2-year sentence

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Richard Haskins was sentenced to two years in prison. He’s pictured here in 2008.
Richard Haskins was sentenced to two years in prison. He’s pictured here in 2008. Star-Telegram archives

Wee Beasties singer Richard Haskins almost cried when he heard.

"It's the best case scenario," he told the Dallas Observer.

The Denton figure was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for violating probation. He has been in jail since March. The sentence could have been up to 20 years.

Previously, Haskins was sentenced to 10 years probation in 2013 for attempting to rob a Denton bank, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

According to previous media reports, Haskins slipped a note in the bank’s drive-thru. After the tellers disappeared, he said he sped off empty handed, fearing the police were on their way. He later turned himself in.

His attorney said both he and his client were happy with Thursday’s news.

“The goal was to get the minimum sentence,” attorney Craig Flory told the Record-Chronicle this week. “... The district attorney was very fair to him and he is very appreciative of all the community support he received.”

Haskins’ attorney asked friends and family to write character letters. Fans and friends have also held numerous benefits in his honor to raise money for legal fees.

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