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Judge sentences Providence man to more than 5 years in robbery of Barrington Bank of America

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A 34-year-old Providence man has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for robbing a bank armed with a BB gun.

The U.S. attorney's office on Monday announced Pierre Rheau's sentence for the 2013 robbery of a Barrington Bank of America. He pleaded guilty in May to bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

Prosecutors say Rheau entered the branch office with a BB gun, demanded money and fled with $4,871 in cash in a vehicle driven by David Lasseque of Providence. Barrington Police tried to stop the car but Lasseque led them on a chase that ended when he crashed into an East Providence cruiser, injuring an officer.

A jury convicted Lasseque in June of the same charges. He's being sentenced later this month.

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