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Fairmont man who faked bomb to rob bank gets probation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A Fairmont man who claimed he put a bomb on top of the Morgantown police headquarters as part of a bank robbery attempt will spend three years on probation.

Media outlets report that 27-year-old Eric Stephen Davis pleaded guilty Monday to attempted bank robbery. Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Phil Gaujot gave Davis probation and suspended a 10-to-20-year prison sentence.

Davis must serve the first nine months of his probation on electronic home confinement and continue psychiatric treatment for that period.

Police say Davis gave a teller at a First United Bank branch in Sabraton a note demanding $5,000 in July 2011. The note claimed Davis had an explosive and also had placed a bomb on top of the police station.

Both buildings were evacuated. No explosives were found.




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