LAS VEGAS - The son of a former Las Vegas judge, who wore a motorcycle helmet and brandished a gun as he carried out a Hollywood movie-style holdup of the posh Bellagio casino, was sentenced yesterday to at least three years in prison.
Anthony Michael Carleo apologized at his sentencing for “all the chaos I’ve caused.’’
“I know my actions were reckless,’’ Carleo said. “. . . I’m extremely sorry for everything I’ve done. I owe my mother and father an apology. I’m sorry, your honor.’’
Carleo’s crime was captured by security cameras, which showed him wearing a helmet and carrying a handgun as he dashed out of the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Carrying $1.5 million in chips, Carleo pointed his gun at a valet before jumping on a motorcycle and speeding away before dawn on Dec. 14. No shots were fired.
The eye-popping denominations of the Bellagio chips - many ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each - drew intense media interest and comparisons to Hollywood movies like “Ocean’s Eleven,’’ even though Carleo’s holdup was nowhere near as elaborate.
“To him, it was just a big joke,’’ said prosecutor Chris Owens, who argued for a stiffer sentence.
Owens said that when Carleo was arrested, authorities discovered written plans by him to rob Caesars Palace, the iconic casino that sits north of the Bellagio.
Judge Michelle Leavitt sentenced Carleo to at least three years in prison but no more than 11 years. He will not be eligible for parole until 2014.