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Knoxville bank robber says he was family man before pills

Associated Press • Jun 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man being sentenced on a bank robbery conviction says he was a law-abiding citizen who took care of his family before becoming a pain pill addict.The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Gordon Harold Williams apologized before a federal judge Tuesday as he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.Authorities said the 50-year-old Williams admitted robbing a BB&T Bank office last summer, demanding cash while holding a makeshift explosive device. FBI agents found him the day after the $1,500 robbery.Williams told them where to find the bomb, which was a baby bottle filled with gunpowder and birdshot and taped to a propane canister.His lawyer said Williams was prescribed painkillers for a neck injury and got hooked on them, turning to buying pills on the street.

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