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Baltimore man sentenced 25 years for armed robbery of Eldersburg bank

Baltimore man sentenced 25 years for armed robbery of Eldersburg bank
Yimoe Siddha pleaded guilty June 7 to the October armed robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank in Eldersburg. Full story here. (Submitted photo / HANDOUT)

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the October armed robbery of the then-Susquehanna Bank in Eldersburg.

Yimoe Siddha, 49, entered a guilty plea for one count of armed robbery, one count of first-degree assault and one count of firearm use in a felony crime. As part of the plea, the state entered the rest of Siddha's 27 charges as nolle prosequi, meaning it chose to abandon them.

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Judge Thomas Stansfield sentenced Siddha to 25 years without the possibility of parole for armed robbery, 25 years to be served concurrently for the first-degree assault and five years to be served concurrently for the firearm charge.

The sentencing matches the guidelines that State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo and Chief Deputy State's Attorney Jason League requested during the hearing.

"It's pretty clear the seriousness of this crime," DeLeonardo said.

Siddha, allegedly with two other men, entered the bank, which is now a BB&T Bank, in the 6400 block of Ridge Road, with handguns. While one man stood as a lookout and kept time, Siddha jumped over the counter with the other man and threatened the tellers into giving them more than $20,000, according to a news release from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.

A woman drove a silver Dodge Caravan that the men used to get away, according to the release.

As the three men and the woman drove away, dye packs hidden in the money exploded, according to the release.

Red dye was found on Siddha's hands, as well as clothing matching the description that witnesses provided of Siddha, according to a statement of facts read by DeLeonardo at the plea hearing Tuesday.

A witness called 911, and Baltimore County police conducted a traffic stop on the minivan. All four occupants were arrested and turned over to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in October, according to the release.

During the plea hearing, Siddha's attorney, Matthew Williamson, asked Stansfield to provide Siddha with a flat sentence, meaning no additional probation upon release, noting that Siddha would likely be about 70 years old before he is released from prison.

Siddha chose not to speak during his hearing. Williamson told Stansfield that his client is a father of five with a criminal history. He also said Siddha was high on drugs at the time of the crime.

"He is a wonderfully kind person when he is sober," he said.

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