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Ephrata bank robber: Going to jail better than marriage

| Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

A central Pennsylvania man says he robbed a bank in 2007 to go to jail and get away from his overbearing wife.

Anthony Miller, 39, said at a sentencing hearing that he robbed a bank in Ephrata because he wanted to leave his then-wife, but she had threatened to commit suicide if he did. Lancaster County Common Pleas Judge Louis Farina sentenced him to three to six years in prison.

Defense attorney Robert Beyer said Miller approached tellers with a BB gun, asked for money and told them to call the police. He said Miller even asked for updates on their efforts to reach authorities. The couple have since divorced, Beyer said.

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