WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania — A federal appeals court rejected the appeal of a northern Pennsylvania man serving more than 14 years in prison for forcing a bank employee to drive to her branch at gunpoint because he was upset about his girlfriend's home being foreclosed.
Sixty-year-old Thomas Edward Smith, of Emporium, was seeking a lesser sentence. His attorneys argued a judge wrongly penalized him by considering the August 2012 incident an "abduction" and by determining the victim suffered a material "loss" when he drove her car.
The Bradford Era (http://bit.ly/1peVRoh ) reports the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those arguments and upheld the 171-month prison sentence imposed last November.
The victim jumped from her vehicle in a convenience store parking lot. Smith also ran away and eluded authorities for about a month.
Information from: The Bradford Era, http://www.bradfordera.com