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August 25, 2015

Career Offender Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Robbing Meriden Bank

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL MASLAR, 59, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for bank robbery, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction for bank robbery.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 22, 2014, MASLAR, wearing a pillowcase with holes cut into it over his head, entered the TD Bank on East Main Street in Meriden, approached the teller counter and demanded that bank employees give him cash in $50 and $100 denominations. MASLAR also stated that he had a gun. Bank employees complied with MASLAR’s demands and gave him $5,658. MASLAR took the money, placed it inside a plastic bag and exited the bank. He was arrested shortly thereafter by Meriden Police.

MASLAR’s criminal history includes two prior federal convictions for bank robbery, as well as convictions for involuntary manslaughter and assault. In March 2003, MASLAR was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 165 months of imprisonment for robbing a bank in Meriden on September 11, 2001. He was released from prison in January 2014, and was on federal supervised release at the time of the September 2014 bank robbery.

MASLAR was been detained since his arrest on September 22, 2014. On March 10, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release. Judge Shea imposed concurrent sentence of two years of imprisonment for the supervised release violation.

This matter was investigated by the FBI and the Meriden Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss.

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