‘Deadliest Catch’ Crewman Convicted of Robberies

by | May 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM | Deadliest Catch, TV News

Heidi Petri holds a photo of 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris at a Memorial Service, Friday, April 30, 2010 in Seattle (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Heidi Petri holds a photo of 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris at a Memorial Service, Friday, April 30, 2010 in Seattle (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

EUGENE, Ore. – A crab boat deckhand who appeared on the ‘Deadliest Catch‘ reality show has pleaded guilty to three Oregon bank robbery charges and been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The shackled 23-year-old Joshua Tell Warner apologized to tellers who attended the hearing Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court.

The Register-Guard reports Warner robbed a Eugene bank in October 2007 before he joined the crew of the Wizard and robbed two other banks last year after his stint in Alaska.

Warner’s lawyer, John Kolego, says the TV appearance led to his arrest. Viewers who recognized Warner as a suspect in the robberies called police last fall, and a warrant was issued. He was arrested in a traffic stop in East Peoria, Ill.

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