Man sentenced to 12 years for jewelry store, bank robberies
April 21, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for robbing a bank and holding a jewelry store owner at gunpoint.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2pj9zzi ) reports that 25-year-old Terence Thomas was sentenced Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Thomas had a knife when he approached the jewelry store owner and his wife as they arrived for work in December 2015. The owner drew a handgun in self-defense. The two men wrestled and shots were fired before Thomas got the gun. After forcing the owner to open the door to the business, Thomas dragged the owner's wife inside before she feigned a heart attack. Thomas fled after the owner locked him out of the business.
Prosecutors say Thomas also robbed a bank a month earlier.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com