Anthony Marquette Phillips, Indiana man, gets 355 months for Springboro bank robbery, standoff

CINCINNATI -- One of two men who attempted to rob a Springboro, Ohio, bank last year was sentenced Wednesday to 355 months in prison.

Anthony Marquette Phillips, 44, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 235 months in prison for his role in the armed bank robbery on April 27, 2012 plus an additional 120 months for using and discharging a firearm during the course of the robbery.

Phillips and Anton Jevon Alexander, 36, of Indianapolis, surrendered during a five-hour standoff after they forced their way inside a Fifth Third Bank branch when the manager was opening the doors around 8:30 a.m.

During the standoff, law enforcement officials dropped several items off for the suspects, including a cellphone. Nearby businesses, including a preschool, were locked down or closed during the standoff.

Police from five departments, FBI agents, and the state highway patrol, all responded to the scene. Shoppers and residents looked on from across the street at the Marketplace at Settler's Walk Shopping Center as Alexander and Phillips refused to surrender for hours.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Alexander was sentenced on May 7, 2013, to 15 years in prison: Five years for attempted armed bank robbery and 10 years for use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Each defendant pleaded guilty on October 12, 2012.

Both men have criminal histories, according to Indiana Department of Correction records. Alexander was paroled in July 2011 from the Indianapolis Parole District after serving 10 years for armed robbery in Whitley County, Ind.

Alexander was also sentenced in December 1997 for possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, records show. Phillips was sentenced in 1991 and 1992 for possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug.

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