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Man who robbed Flagstaff bank sentenced to prison

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Tuba City man convicted of robbing a Flagstaff bank of less than $1,000 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Coconino County prosecutors say 40-year-old Eric Abat was facing anywhere from seven to 126 years behind bars.

He was convicted on seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of armed robbery and one count of theft.

Authorities say Abat fled with $944 in cash in the October 2011 robbery of a Bank of America branch at gunpoint.

He was arrested a short time later as Flagstaff police and other agencies were in the area on an unrelated operation.

The Arizona Daily Sun (http://bit.ly/YmTWhR) reports that Abat testified at his trial that he robbed the bank to pay off gambling debts.

Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/ Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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