York man sentenced to more than 10 years for armed robbery

Christopher Dornblaser
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  • A York man was sentenced to 141 months in prison for an armed bank robbery in January 2016.
  • Police have said Bowman pointed a shotgun and demanded money at the PNC Bank in Springettsbury.

A York man was sentenced to 141 months in prison for an armed robbery of a Springettsbury Township bank in January 2016, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He will spend 11 years and nine months in prison.

Derek Eugene Bowman

Derek Bowman, 33, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Caldwell for the robbery of the PNC Bank at 2430 E. Market St. on Jan. 9, 2016.

According to Springettsbury Township Police, Bowman walked up to a teller at 10:51 a.m. that day and said he needed cash. The teller started to hand him a withdrawal slip, and Bowman said "no," he wasn't looking to take out his own cash, police said in January 2016.

Bowman opened his jacket, took out a shotgun and pointed it at the teller, demanding $100, $50 and $20 bills, police said.

The teller handed over $3,383, putting it into a bag Bowman held open, police said

Police: Man robbed bank with shotgun

He was arrested by state police the next day and was found with money and heroin, the release states. The shotgun was found later by Springettsbury Township Police.

Bowman's previously faced charges of robbery, assault and other crimes, according to online court records. Because of previous convictions, he isn't allowed to possess a firearm, documents state.

Federal charges for York County man in bank robbery

Springettsbury Township Police and the FBI investigated the case.

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