Man gets 29 years in prison for Springboro bank robbery

SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Anthony Marquette Phillips, 44, of Fort Wayne, Ind. was sentenced to 235 months in prison for his role in the armed robbery of a bank in Springboro on April 27, 2012 plus an additional 120 months for using and discharging a firearm during the course of the robbery.

According to court documents, Phillips and Anton Jevon Alexander, 36, of Indianapolis, approached the bank manager as he was entering the building's rear door at 8:30 in the morning and pushed him inside. Springboro police officers received a 911 call and arrived at the bank around 8:40.

The would-be robbers attempted to flee when they heard police arriving. Phillips fired a shot at the manager. The manager escaped safely. The men remained in the bank until approximately 1:30 Friday afternoon when they emerged and were taken into custody.

Each defendant pleaded guilty on October 12, 2012. Alexander was sentenced on May 7, 2013 to 15 years in prison.

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