Man sentenced to 20 years for robbing bank with homemade bomb

4:28 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Knoxville) A man who pleaded guilty to threatening bank tellers with a homemade bomb during a bank robbery has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

The robbery happened in July 2012 at a BB&T Bank in Knoxville. Gordon Harold Williams, 49, confessed to having an explosive device in a backpack during the robbery. Police say the bomb contained liquid accelerant, gun powder, bird shot and metal screws.

Williams received his sentence Wednesday. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release after his release from prison. He must also pay $1,546 in restitution, the same amount police say he obtained during the robbery.

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