The older of two brothers charged alongside their father in a bank robbery spree across Colorado Springs and Monument last year was sentenced Tuesday.
Braden Wayne Butson, 23, of Colorado Springs was sentenced to serve two concurrent six-year terms in prison and three years of probation for eight robberies and one attempted robbery between May and September.
His mother, Carolyne Butson, tearfully addressed the court and said she had struggled to understand how Braden Butson's father, Brock Edward Butson, could have involved his sons in a life of addiction and crime.
"I have been wrecking my brain to figure out how a dad can take two sons and trash their lives with drugs and lead them down this path," Carolyne Butson said. "But I have never been prouder of my son than I am now. He's never blamed anyone for his actions and he wants to be a good role model for his brothers."
Rachel McCabe, 22, Braden Butson's girlfriend of five years, watched as the judge handed down the sentence, the words "I love you" etched on her hand.
"I am just really glad he's out of the lifestyle, and I will be waiting for him when he gets out," McCabe said. "He was addicted to meth and heroin because of his dad and other people around him. He's been really positive through all of this."
The defendant's younger brother, Nicholas Edward Butson, 20, was sentenced Jan. 13 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to three of the eight robberies and one attempted robbery.
Prosecutors said the brothers took turns robbing the banks while their father drove the getaway vehicle.
Brock Butson has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a March trial on charges related to the nine incidents, court records show.