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Man pleads to 1995 bank robbery

April 28, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Carlisle, Pa., man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Franklin County almost four years ago.

Oscar Timothy Robinson, 56, of 1075 Harrisburg Pike, agreed to a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison as part of the plea agreement. He remains out on $50,000 bond until his Aug. 4 sentencing.

According to court records, two gunmen entered the Unitas National Bank branch at 1720 Lincoln Way East on Sept. 29, 1995. The robbers got away with $24,550.

The Pennsylvania State Police affidavit of probable cause said Robinson was identified from bank surveillance photographs of the robbers. District Attorney John F. Nelson said the other culprit has never been identified or caught.

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Court records said Robinson left Pennsylvania after being contacted by the FBI. He was found in North Carolina and returned to Franklin County in early 1997.

"He looks kind of old to be robbing a bank," Judge John R. Walker said.

"I just went in and kind of robbed the bank. I just had a pistol in my hand," Robinson said to Walker as he entered the plea.

"And they didn't think you were soliciting for the March of Dimes," Walker said.

Walker asked Robinson if he wore a mask during the holdup.

"No, I didn't," Robinson said.

"That might have been part of your problem," Walker said.

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