Man sentenced to 30 years for bank robbery


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Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 6:31 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
An area man on Monday was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing an Iowa City bank last year.

At a sentencing hearingin the Davenport branch of the U.S. District Court for Southern Iowa, Eric D. Martin, 35, with a last known address of Davenport, was ordered by Judge Stephanie M. Rose to pay $53,369 in restitution and serve five years of supervised release.

He pleaded guilty in Octobertoarmed bank robbery, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney spokesman Kevin VanderSchel, Mr. Martin enteredthe Hills Bank and Trust, 1401 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, about 9:30 a.m. April 23 wearing a mask and armed with a loaded semi-automatic 9mm handgun.

The release states Mr. Martin threatened bank tellers with the gun and took about $23,295.

"Martin then fled on a motorized dirt bike and led lawenforcement on a lengthy vehicle pursuit through residential neighborhoods, where he wasapprehended with the stolen money and the firearm," the release stated.

It also indicated Mr. Martin robbedthe U.S. Bank and the Midwest One Bank in Iowa City in similar ways prior to the April 23 robbery.

















 



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