Irish man guilty in Bangor bank robbery


BANGOR (AP) – A man from Ireland who was living in Maine pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to robbing a Bank of America branch in Bangor in October.

Niall Clarke, 26, also pleaded guilty to using a firearm while committing a federal crime of violence, lying on an application to buy a gun and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Clarke faces up to 25 years in prison on the robbery charge, with additional prison time on the other charges. A sentencing date has not been set.

Clarke was arrested shortly after the robbery while driving on Interstate 95 with more than $11,000 in his possession, prosecutors said. He also had a loaded .38-caliber handgun and a box of ammunition.

Clarke, who was living in Portland at the time of the robbery, came to the U.S. a year ago and was supposed to have left last April, officials said. He is expected to be deported after he serves his sentence.

Information from: Bangor Daily News,

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