Bruce Windsor Gets 10+ Years for Greenville Bank Robbery

The church deacon who took multiple hostages during an armed robbery on Verdae Blvd. in Greenville last February was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal court Thursday.  Bruce Windsor received a 130 month sentence for armed bank robbery and possession of a gun during a felony crime and he will serve five years of supervised probation upon release from prison.

WYFF4 describes the standoff:

On Feb. 26, Windsor went into Greenville First Bank on Verdea Boulevard wearing a mask and carrying a loaded gun. Most of the bank employees escaped immediately.

Two women were held hostage by Windsor. A police negotiator persuaded him to let them go and surrender after an hour and a half.

Those women and several bank employees spoke at the sentencing along with Windsor’s wife and 12-year-old child.  Windsor’s family described him as a wonderful man (shocking, I know), but his victims said they were fed up with hearing glowing words about the man who held them at gunpoint and used them as human shields.

Windsor still faces state charges for armed robbery and kidnapping , News Channel 7 reports.  That trial is expected in early 2010.

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