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Indian-American sentenced for bank robbery

An Indian-American has been sentenced by a United States court to 21 years and 3 months in prison for an armed bank robbery in 2008, during which he shot a bank teller in the hand — leaving her “permanently” injured — and took away $23,471 along with two of his accomplices.

The verdict against 43-year-old Anirudh Lakhan Sukhu was delivered on Friday by the Maryland court, which also sentenced him to four years of supervised release after completion of his 21 years and 3 months imprisonment, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said.

According to his plea agreement, Sukhu met two conspirators, Sharman Said and Omar Burnett, on November 20, 2008, to plan a robbery of the Bank of America located on Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville, Maryland.

That same morning, the robbers rode to the bank in Sukhu’s pick-up truck and entered the bank brandishing guns and announcing the robbery. Burnett waved his handgun, vaulted the counter and demanded money from the tellers.

Sukhu, armed with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun, entered an office where a bank employee was hiding and ordered the employee to come out. “When the employee moved, Sukhu fired, shooting the employee in the hand and permanently injuring her,” the plea agreement stated.

Sukhu then also vaulted the counter and took money from the tellers, which he placed in a red and black bag, while Said, armed with a handgun, remained at the front door and served as a look-out. The robbers took the cash and fled in the truck.

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