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SAGINAW, Mich. - (05/02/05) -- A 23-year-old local man wassentenced Thursday to up to 32 years in prison for robbing twolocal financial institutions, including Saginaw Medical FCU lastJune--after which he tried to escape on a bicycle with a flat tire.John Rowell pleaded guilty to both robberies--the other one was ofa Citizens Bank branch--as well as first-degree home invasion,possessing a firearm while committing a felony, and possessing afirearm as a convicted felon. He as also ordered to make $4,439 inrestitution to the credit union and $3,819 to the homeowner in thehome invasion incident. Rowell was already serving two to 10 yearsin prison for violating probation in a case in which he used aforklift to break into a safe.

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