Missouri man sentenced to nearly 20 years for bank robbery

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri man has been sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for robbing a bank.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 53-year-old Charles Jones was sentenced Monday to stealing $1,330 in April 2016 from the United Missouri Bank in Raymore. Prosecutors say Jones brandished a nonlethal airsoft pellet gun that tellers believed was a real handgun. He then demanded money and threatened to shoot if they didn’t comply with his demands. Jones fled after a teller gave the Raymore man money from her drawer.

The airsoft gun was recovered from a trash can located in a nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Jones was arrested the next day.