11 years for ex-SC deacon in robbery attempt

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 11:59 AM

A former South Carolina church deacon has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for trying to rob a bank.

Bruce Windsor's family in the past blamed the crime on troubles related to the financial meltdown, though relatives said Thursday he has mental health issues.

More than 100 supporters crowded into a Spartanburg courtroom as U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd sentenced him. The father of four pleaded guilty in October to federal bank robbery and weapons charges. He faced up to 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the former youth soccer coach donned a mask and wig in February, entered a Greenville bank and pointed a gun at bank workers, demanding cash.