- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 44-year-old Anchorage man who used a gun to rob a bank has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline (BYST’-lyn) on Tuesday sentenced James Donald Surrells for the Aug. 13 robbery of a First National Bank Alaska branch on Northern Lights Boulevard near Boniface Parkway.

Prosecutors say Surrells entered the bank in disguise. He wore a shoulder-length dark wig and his face was smeared with dirt.

Prosecutors say he handed a note to a teller demanding money and flashed the butt of a handgun.

He was arrested in September and he pleaded guilty to bank robbery shortly afterward.

Beistline ordered Surrells to pay the bank $1,210 in restitution.

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