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A Kent man who robbed a Franklin Township bank in April will spend the next eight years in prison.
Andrew G. Knechtle, 25, formerly of 1800 Rhodes Road, was sentenced to prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow on Aug. 5. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a firearms specification, a first-degree felony, on July 9, and faced four to 12 years in prison.
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Enlow gave Knechtle seven years for the robbery and an additional, mandatory one year sentence for using a gun to rob the FirstMerit bank branch at 1729 E. Main St. on April 11.
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Knechtle was given credit for 111 days already served awaiting trial in the Portage County jail, according to Enlow's orders.
Knechtle was accused of dressing in dark clothing and a disguise -- including a multi-colored scarf, a cap and sunglasses -- and walking into the bank at approximately 3:45 p.m. on April 11. Once inside, he indicated that he was armed, forced a teller to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.
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Portage County sheriff's deputies investigated and with the assistance of Kent and Kent State University police, identified Knechtle as a possible suspect. He was arrested on April 16.
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