A 25-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced today to nearly six years in federal prison for his role in a Northland bank robbery.
U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips sentenced Rolando Winters to five years and 10 months without parole.
Winters pleaded guilty in November to stealing $5,863 from the Bank of America at 661 N.W. 55th Terrace in Kansas City, North.
Two other co-defendants, Edward L. Green, 24, and Robert Lowe, 27, both from Kansas City, have also pleaded guilty. They are awaiting sentencing.
While Green was positioning their getaway car, Winters and Lowe entered the bank on July 19. Winters announced that they were robbing the bank and demanded money from a teller.
Winters, who kept his hand in his waistband, told a teller that her life depended on her giving him the money and to move quicker. She feared he had a gun.
Law enforcement officers had been conducting surveillance on the three men because they were apparently casing several banks in the Northland. Police were waiting for Lowe and Winters as they fled from the bank.
Green surrendered while Lowe and Winters tried to flee.
As they ran around a building, Winters ran into an undercover law enforcement truck. He was treated at a hospital for his injuries.
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