Surprise man sentenced to 7 years in prison for bank robbery

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PHOENIX -- A judge sentenced a Surprise man to more than seven years in prison for his role in a bank robbery in north Phoenix last year.

Christopher Joseph Oliver, 23, pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery on Nov. 9 after he and two other men robbed Comerica Bank near Happy Valley Road and Interstate 17 on June 5.

Police said Oliver and his co-defendants, Christopher Lamont Downing and Eustace Shawn Miles, pointed a pistol and BB gun at the bank tellers, demanded money, and threatened the tellers.

The suspects ordered the tellers to the vault area and used duct tape to bind their wrists and ankles.

The robbers emptied the teller drawers and the bank's vault.

Downing and Miles are currently awaiting trial for their roles in the robbery.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Teilborg sentenced Oliver to 85 months in federal prison.