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Mpls Man Gets 12 Years For Multiple Metro-Area Bank Robberies

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 51-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for robbing multiple Twin Cities banks.

Phillip Leo Nietz was sentenced to 151 months in prison — more than 12 years — on one count of bank robbery, as well as three other bank robberies Nietz admitted to committing in his plea agreement.

Nietz admitted that on Aug. 22, 2012, he walked into the West Lake Street branch of TCF Bank and gave a teller a note demanding money. He took approximately $3,794, placed it in a black bag, and left the premises on foot.

He also admitted to robbing three other banks in the same manner – a U.S. Bank in Roseville on Aug. 14, a Wells Fargo in St. Paul on Aug. 28, and a U.S. Bank in St. Paul on Sept. 13.

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