Fayetteville bank, gold store robber sentenced to 45 years

Nathan Harold Chism, 2009 booking photo
Nathan Harold Chism

A man accused of robbing two Dickson Street banks and a Fayetteville gold and silver store was sentenced to 45 years in prison Tuesday, according to reports.

Nathan Harold Chism, 32, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, aggravated robbery and two counts of robbery.

Chism was arrested after being shot in an attempted robbery on June 21, 2011 at Arkansas Gold and Silver Exchange on College Avenue.

According to police, Chism stabbed store employee Christopher Leach in the arm during the robbery. Chism was then shot twice by Leach.

During the investigation of the gold store robbery, police recovered evidence linking Chism to the robbery at Bank of America at 703 W. Dickson St., and the May 6, 2011 robbery at the Bank of Fayetteville’s train bank branch at 542 W. Dickson Street.

John Threet, Washington County prosecutor, told NWAOnline Chism would have to serve about 32 years before his first chance of parole.