Decatur > Toy Gun Robber gets 14+ Years in Prison

| February 4, 2015

bank stone signDECATUR — A man who attempted to rob a Decatur bank with a toy gun has been sentenced to 14 years, 6 months in Federal Prison.

Gerry Sanders, 42 of Atlanta, attempted to rob the Citizens Trust Bank in Decatur using a toy gun.  Regardless, he was charged and convicted of attempted armed robbery.

Sanders passed a note to a bank teller demanding she turn over all the hundred dollar bills in her cash draw.  A security guard then approached Sanders and demanded he drop his weapon, the toy gun.  The guard then fired and wounded Sanders in the leg.  His shot also grazed the bank teller’s leg.

The guard then detained Sanders until police arrived on the scene, accompanied by FBI agents.

The effectiveness of a gun used in the commission of a crime has no effect on the punishment handed down upon conviction.  Even a toy gun.

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