Sandmann sentenced in bank robbery

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By Jamie Grabert

A U.S. District Court Judge has sentenced Patrick Leo Sandmann, 26, to 46 months in federal prison following his convictions of bank robbery and one count of entering a bank with the intent to commit robbery.

Sandmann, a resident of Georgetown, Indiana, was sentenced to 46 months for the two counts. Upon his release from prison, he will serve three years of supervised release.

2015 Robbery

The sheriff’s office said a white male entered Cynthiana State Bank in Posey County just before 10 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2015, and approached one of the tellers. Sandmann handed the teller a note demanding money and left the bank a few moments later with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Sheriff Greg Oeth said Sandmann indicated he had a concealed weapon in the pocket of his jacket, however no employees were injured. The Sandmann fled the scene with the about $7,000.

2016 Attempt

Just before 11 a.m. on Wed., June 1, 2016, Sandmann walked in to the Community State Bank in St. Wendel to ask if he could use the restroom.

An employee from Cynthiana State Bank was working at the Community State Bank branch when she recognized Sandmann as the suspect from the 2015 robbery and immediately told her manager.

When Sandmann was told he could not use the restroom and left the building, the bank manager began pursing him while calling authorities.

According to the sheriff’s department, Sandmann drove through a cornfield and wrecked his vehicle before fleeing on foot. He was apprehended with the help of the K-9 Unit and was taken into custody at that time.

The Posey County Sheriff’s Office worked with the FBI and Indiana State Police on this case.