Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Planting Fake Bombs As Diversion For Bank Robbery

A man who planted two fake bombs at post offices as a diversion to rob a southern Ohio bank was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday.

Patrick Slider was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, inducing panic, unlawful use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, tampering with evidence and burglary in connection with planting fake bombs inside post offices in Stewart and Guysville in July 2008.

Prosecutors said Slider put out the fake bombs and then robbed a bank in Coolville and restrained the tellers of the bank.

According to the Athens' County Prosecutor's Office, Slider abandoned his pick-up truck near Parkersburg, W. Va.

Slider is accused of committing another burglary in May 2008.

Slider's 16 year sentence will run concurrent to a current sentence he is serving out of Washington County.

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