Hot Springs man sentenced to 32 years on weapons convictions in bank robbery, carjacking

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TEXARKANA, Arkansas — A Hot Springs man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges related to an armed bank robbery and armed carjacking.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said 35-year-old Derrick Estell was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Texarkana. Estell had pleaded guilty in December to two counts of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Estell admitted to robbing the Hot Springs Bank & Trust at gunpoint on March 1, 2013, and to carjacking a motorist at gunpoint six days later when law enforcement officers found him and were pursuing him.

Estell eventually broke into an apartment and refused to come out until officers fired tear gas into the apartment.

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