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A Tucson man who fled to Wyoming after robbing an east-side bank in October 2017 has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison, officials say.

Shad Richard Thompson, 43, and an accomplice, robbed a Pyramid Federal Credit Union of $4,784 with use of a demand note, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

In the Oct. 5 incident, the woman entered the bank with the note and carried a brown purse to hold the money as Thompson instructed her to do, the news release said.

He then waited in a parked vehicle hidden by bushes for her to exit the bank.

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The pair were later arrested in Wyoming after fleeing with the money.

Authorities also learned Thompson had been involved in multiple bank robberies, including an arrest for allegedly assisting in a June 2012 robbery.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.