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Bank robber sentenced to more prison time

Created on:   Thu, Feb 8, 2018   6:01 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Feb 8, 2018   6:01 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — The man who robbed the downtown United Bank will spend up to an additional 18 years behind bars.

On Feb. 8, Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Susan Tucker sentenced Thomas Casellla. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and entering without breaking.

Police say that in January 2017 a suspect robbed the Chestnut Street Bank. The suspect had his face covered and passed a note to the teller, demanding money. He claimed he was armed, but no weapon was visible. The suspect fled with an undetermined about of money. Police identified the suspect as Casella.

Casella is already serving time in prison for a sentence out of Marion County.

Tucker sentenced Casella to five to 18 years in prison for the robbery charge and one to 10 years in prison for entering without breaking. Those sentences will run at the same time as his Marion County sentence. Casella said he would be parole eligible after about four years.

During the sentencing, Casella talked about his time in prison and said the experiences opened his eyes, as he is surrounded by gang members and it’s a struggle. He implored the judge to not order back-to-back sentences.

“I’m begging you to please run these concurrent,” he said.

While in prison, Casella said he has taken classes and plans to continue his efforts. He added he wasn’t going to give up with the new sentence.