A homeless man must spend years in prison for forcing a real-estate agent to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash he used to buy drugs.

On Monday, 38-year-old Gregory S. Knaub was sentenced to a total of 13-1/2 to 27 years in state prison for that crime and two others, senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake said.

"Mr. Knaub has a criminal record that goes back literally his entire adult life," Blake said.

Knaub is still waiting to learn how much more prison time he must serve for a state parole violation, defense attorney Seamus Dubbs confirmed.

Dubbs said he expects the sentence for Knaub's violation will be three years. He noted whatever the punishment is, it must run consecutively to Knaub's other prison time.

Knaub didn't want to hurt the real-estate agent, according to Dubbs, but he desperately wanted money to buy more drugs.

"Mr. Knaub apologized to the victim, to the community and to his state parole officer," Dubbs said.

The background: Knaub kidnapped a real-estate agent and forced her to withdraw cash from an automatic teller machine after meeting her for a bogus showing at a house that was for sale, according to police.

Police said he met the agent at 10 a.m. May 21, 2012, at a home in the 1700 block of Monroe Street in West York, and later got into the back seat of her car, brandished a steak knife and forced her to drive to a Spring Garden Township bank, where she withdrew $20 and gave it to him.


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He then ordered her to drive to the corner of South Belvidere Avenue and West King Street in York City, where he jumped from the car, police said. The woman drove to the West York police station and alerted officers.

Bath salts: Dubbs said Knaub was high on bath salts at the time and has trouble remembering the crime.

Police found Knaub hiding in the Codorus Creek, submerged in water, holding his breath and occasionally popping his head up for air.

Knaub is remorseful for what he did, according to Dubbs, who said it was the man's drug addiction that spurred the crime in the first place.

He pointed to the fact that Knaub didn't order his victim to withdraw as much cash as she could during the robbery; instead Knaub asked for $20 — enough to buy a small amount of cocaine.

Other cases: Knaub's total sentence also includes his punishment on two unrelated cases, in which he pleaded guilty in March to burglary and theft charges.

He burglarized Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 Richland Ave., on May 19, 2012, and stole a television and several grocery-store gift cards, according to Blake.

Knaub jimmied open washing machines and stole change from Crystal Clean Laundromat at 1128 Mount Rose Ave. on May 9, 2012, Blake said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.