Apache Junction man gets prison for bank robbery

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PHOENIX -- An Apache Junction man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for robbing a Mesa bank in 2006.

Prosecutors say 50-year-old Donald Michael Hill pleaded guilty in May to bank robbery and he has two prior convictions for the same offense.

Hill was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

Authorities say Hill entered Bank of America branch in Mesa on June 5, 2006 wearing a mask and told bank employees that his duffel bag contained an explosive device that he could detonate by remote control.

He demanded that one of the tellers take him to the vault and give him cash.

However, authorities say tellers were able to activate the alarm and Hill was apprehended as he left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, which was recovered.

They say Hill was carrying what appeared to be an explosive device in the duffel bag.

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