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Kentucky man sentenced to 20 years in Norton bank robbery

Wes Bunch • Mar 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

ABINGDON — A Kentucky man who robbed a Norton bank at gunpoint in 2011 and escaped on bicycle was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday during an appearance U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

>Ronald Green, 49, Isom, Ky. was ordered to serve 240 months in prison with five years of supervised release following his earlier convictions on charges of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

“Mr. Green put the lives of both bank employees and customers at risk with his brazen act of violence,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said. “Violent criminals like Mr. Green must be held accountable for their actions, as occurred today in federal court.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Lee said Green began staking out numerous banks in both Kentucky and Southwest Virginia in early Dec. 2011 in an attempt to find one to rob.

On Dec. 9, 2011 Green entered the Norton Branch of the New People's Bank in Norton with a large-calibre handgun and demanded money from the bank tellers, Lee said. After obtaining the money, Lee said Green the fled the scene on a bicycle.

He was arrested two weeks later with a large amount of money taken in the robbery.

His arrest was the result of a joint investigation carried out by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Wise Police Department, the Norton Police Department, the Virginia State Police, the Kentucky State Police, Letcher County, Ky. Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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