Robbery suspect gets attorney, goes to court
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January 25, 2013
The Australian man accused of robbing a Jackson bank on New Year’s Eve appeared in a Utah court Thursday afternoon.
Corey Alan Donaldson, 39, had his detention hearing in federal court, the day after U.S. Marshals took custody of him.
Authorities moved Donaldson on Wednesday from Davis County to Cache County, where he remains in custody at the Cache County Jail in Logan, Utah. He made an initial appearance in federal court the same day.
A federal public defender was ap-pointed Thursday to represent Donald-son, but his court file was not publicly available at press time.
The file should be released today or Monday, said Cheyenne-based U.S. Attorney John Powell.
Donaldson is a published self-help author, his family confirmed Thursday. His two books — “Don’t You Dare Get Married Until You Read This: The Book of Questions for Couples” and “Don’t You Dare Have Kids Until You Read This: The Book of Questions for Parents-to-be” — give advice to those considering marriage and children.
Police arrested him in Clinton, Utah, Tuesday night on a federal warrant.
At least one witness positively identified him to law enforcement officials as the man who robbed the U.S. Bank in Jackson on New Year’s Eve, police said.
About $16,000 of the more than $140,000 stolen was found on Donaldson during his arrest, said Detective Sgt. Andy Pearson of the Jackson Police Department.
Donaldson will face a preliminary hearing within the next two weeks.