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Second man makes guilty plea in Susquehanna Bank robbery

Thomas Johnson pleaded guilty to his involvement in an October 2015 bank robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank in Eldersburg. <a href="http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/crime/ph-cc-johnson-bank-20160609-story.html" target="_blank">Full story here</a>.
Thomas Johnson pleaded guilty to his involvement in an October 2015 bank robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank in Eldersburg. Full story here. (HANDOUT)

A second man pleaded guilty to his involvement in an October 2015 bank robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank in Eldersburg.

Thomas Johnson, 41, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of armed robbery, two counts of firearm use in a felony and one count of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction. Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Stansfield sentenced him to 30 years for the armed robbery counts, suspending all but 15 years, according to a news release from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.

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In addition to the robbery charges, Stansfield sentenced Johnson to five years without the possibility of parole for one of the counts of firearm use in a felony and five years without the possibility of parole for the illegal possession of a gun. Both sentences will be served concurrently to his other sentence. Stansfield also gave Johnson five years without the possibility of parole, all suspended, for the second count of firearm use, according to electronic court records.

In total, Johnson will serve 15 years without the possibility of parole, according to the release.

As part of the guilty plea, the state abandoned Johnson's 25 other charges.

Johnson is the second of four co-defendants to enter a guilty plea in connection with the robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank, now a BB&T Bank. Another Baltimore man, Yimoe Siddha, entered a guilty plea Tuesday.

Johnson, Siddha and allegedly one other man entered the bank with loaded handguns. Johnson played a lookout during the robbery and yelled out time increments, while Siddha and the other man threatened the tellers and demanded money, according to the news release.

The men were able to get away with about $20,000 and fled in a silver Dodge Caravan, allegedly driven by the fourth co-defendant. While they were fleeing, dye packs hidden in the money exploded, covering the men in red dye, according to the release.

The four defendants allegedly fled into Baltimore County, where police conducted a traffic stop on the minivan and arrested all four, according to the release.

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