Windsor bank robber gets 11 years, 3 months in federal pen

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WINDSOR, NC (WITN) – A convicted Eastern Carolina bank robber will spend the next eleven years and three months in a federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Michael Rankins was sentenced for his part in the January 2014 armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Windsor.

The 55-year-old Edenton man will also have to serve five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison in 2027.

The feds say Rankins, along with William Twine, robbed the bank on January 9, 2014. They say Rankins, with a toboggan over his face, pointed a BB gun at a teller and the two got away with $10,465.

Authorities spotted their getaway car a short time later and arrested the two after the car ran off the road and into a field. The BB gun, mask and money were all recovered.

Twine pleaded guilty in July 2014 and got a seven-year, six-month sentence.

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