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Man given 25-year sentence for 2016 BB&T robbery

A man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for a July 2016 bank robbery at the Buford BB&T and another incident at a Norcross bank, according to court documents.

Edward Lewis Powell pleaded guilty to four counts of an indictment for armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Powell was accused of taking $58,896.50 July 15, 2016, from the Lanier Islands Parkway bank.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times a man “forced an employee into the bank at gunpoint” and demanded access to the vault. The suspect then “forced two employees in an interior room at the bank” before fleeing.

No one was injured during the robbery, Ware said.

Defense attorney Allison Dawson did not return a request for comment.

Powell was also charged with an attempted bank robbery July 7, 2016, at the Piedmont Bank on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross.

Gwinnett County Police said at the time an employee was forced into the bank at gunpoint.

“Once inside the bank, the suspect demanded that the employee open the vault and not activate any of the security alarms inside the bank. The employee told the suspect that she did not have the access codes to the vault,” according to Gwinnett County Police.

Police said at the time that the suspect did not leave with any of the bank’s money.

After his prison sentence, Powell will be under supervised release for five years.

The judge also ordered $58,896.50 in restitution to the bank.

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