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Man gets 35 years in bank robbery

March 26, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Anthony Joseph Lombardi III was sentenced Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to 35 years for the 1997 robbery of a Home Federal Savings Bank branch.

Lombardi stood silently as Judge Frederick C. Wright III imposed a 20-year sentence for the armed robbery and 15 more years for the first-degree assault on teller Jennifer Keller.

"That's what happens when you rob a Home Federal bank," said Home Federal President Richard Phoebus after learning of the sentence.

After deliberating more than four hours, a Circuit Court jury on Jan. 27 convicted Lombardi of the robbery in which $1,700 was taken.

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Wright considered the robbery, theft and one other assault conviction in imposing the sentence.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Lombardi's prior convictions include:

- Assault with intent to rape from 1983, for which he received a 10-year suspended sentence in Anne Arundel County, Md.

- Assault with intent to maim from 1989, for which he received a 10-year sentence.

The Jan. 10, 1997, robbery occurred at the Home Federal Savings Bank branch at 1700 Dual Highway.

A masked man brandished a "long-armed weapon" at about 6:45 p.m. just before closing time, police reports said.

The robber tripped and fell after vaulting over one of the counters in the bank, police said. He fled through a rear door.

A videotape of the robbery was played for the jury.

Eight months after the robbery, the FBI charged Lombardi with bank robbery at his Crossfield Road home.

At Friday's sentencing, Cirincion read from Keller's victim impact statement.

"My life was in his hands that day. I could only think of my son and wonder if I would ever see him again," she said in her statement.

Keller and two other bank employees were present for all court proceedings.

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