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Bumming a smoke led to prison

1 year 11 months 4 weeks ago October 22, 2014 Oct 22, 2014 Wednesday, October 22 2014 October 22, 2014 6:51 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA-  It's ten years in prison for a bank robber who stopped to bum a smoke as he tried to make his getaway.

A construction worker told police Paul Carman appeared nervous when he threw his shirt into a trash container and asked the worker for a smoke. The worker's description helped police nab Carman last year after he handed a bank teller a note saying, "This is a robbery. No dye packs. No alarms."

A federal judge sentenced Carman but it wasn't the max.

Carman's lawyer argued his client had a life-long problem with drinking and argued for a shorter term.

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