PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for robbing a bank in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that 36-year-old Lawrence Sullivan of Stonington, Connecticut, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Providence for robbing a Washington Trust Co. branch in Westerly, Rhode Island, last September.
Sullivan pleaded guilty to bank robbery in March.
A bank teller told police that Sullivan demanded cash and threatened to start shooting if his demands weren't met. The teller gave Sullivan just over $1,000.
Police in Groton, Connecticut, found Sullivan at a motel hiding in a storage closet a day after the robbery.
At the time of the robbery, Sullivan had just finished a five-year prison sentence for robbing banks in Connecticut and Maine.