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Des Moines man sentenced to prison for bank robbery

April 23, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for a robbing a bank.

Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 53-year-old Christopher Leon Weckman was sentenced Tuesday for the robbery of the Tradesmen Community Credit Union in Des Moines. He was convicted last August of bank robbery.

Prosecutors say Weckman entered the bank the afternoon of Sept. 25, 2017, with his face concealed and placed an object on the counter. Weckman told bank employees and customers the object was a bomb and then demanded money from tellers. He fled and was arrest a short time later by Des Moines police.

There is no parole in the federal system.

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