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Posted on: September 11, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed up to 8 Years for Robbery with Threatening Note

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A Lancaster man will serve up to eight years in prison for robbing a Manheim Township bank last year.

Lancaster County Judge James Cullen sentenced Martell T. Byrd to 4 to 8 years in prison, plus 2 years of probation, regarding the Aug. 16, 2016, robbery at Integrity Bank, 2055 Fruitville Pike.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman said at a recent sentencing hearing that Byrd put the teller in a “your money or your life” situation while presenting a threatening note.

Byrd fled as the female teller started to gather money. The teller activated a silent alarm.

A local jury deliberated about 15 minutes at a July trial before finding the 24-year-old Byrd guilty of robbery and making terroristic threats.

Fetterman noted Byrd’s prior criminal history, which includes convictions on nine separate criminal dockets.

The robber, later identified as Byrd, came into the bank wearing sunglasses and handed the clerk a note, according to testimony. Part of the note read, “This is a robbery… I will shoot!!! Don't be a hero.”

Manheim Township police Detective Nicholas Fritz filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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