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Bank robber who claimed to have bomb sentenced to prison

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 - 7:27 pm

A man who claimed to have a bomb when he robbed a downtown Sacramento bank has been sentenced to 22 years and four months in state prison.

Daniel Hegwood, 35, in November pleaded no contest to felony charges of robbery and terrorist threats, according Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi.

On Feb. 4, 2012, Hegwood entered a downtown Wells Fargo Bank, approached a teller and an assistant manager and demanded money from two tills, authorities said. He claimed that he had a bomb and that innocent people would be hurt if the bank employees didn’t give him the money. After the employees handed over the money, Hegwood exited the bank but left a bag inside.

Sacramento police officers caught Hegwood several minutes later.

After the bank building was evacuated, the bomb squad determined that Hegwood did not possess a bomb.

Hegwood has a criminal history dating back to 2001, including six prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, assault, first-degree residential burglary, first-degree robbery, and reckless evasion of law enforcement officers. According to prosecutors, he was sent to prison on two previous occasions.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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