SOUTH BEND -- A 50-year-old Mishawaka man will spend nearly six years in federal prison for his role in a 2007 bank robbery.

Timothy Johnson, who was indicted by a grand jury last November for his role in the robbery, was sentenced to 70 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to the crime.

Johnson is believed to be one of three men who entered the 1st Source Bank at 2323 S. Michigan St. on July 16, 2007. According to Tribune story from that time, one of the suspects was arrested shortly afterward -- but Johnson and the other man escaped. Later, police were able to find a car used in the robbery, as well as money and clothing that had been stained when a dye pack exploded.

That, along with DNA evidence, was likely presented to the grand jury in November, leading ultimately to Johnson's arrest last year.

In a plea agreement, Johnson admitted to entering the bank, and that it was wrong.

"I do not dispute that my actions assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of another person," part of Johnson's plea agreement read.

Besides the 70-month sentence, U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio also ordered Johnson to pay restitution of $16,852 and to serve three years on supervised release.

Staff writer Dave Stephens: