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Youngstown man sentenced to 3 years in prison for bank robbery

AKRON — Andre J. Earvin, 31, of East Lucius Avenue was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 37 months in federal prison and will serve three years of probation for robbing the Home Savings and Loan branch on McCartney Road May 30.

Earvin walked into the branch and handed a teller a note saying: “You are being robbed. Please count out $5,000 in large bills. At least $1,000 in $100 bills. Don’t make any sudden moves, no dye packs. If you do these things no one will be hurt.”

A sentencing memorandum from his attorney said he did not have a gun, though federal law enforcement officials said earlier he did. The memorandum says he did not use physical force during the robbery. He was convicted 10 years earlier of robbery.

He is ordered to pay restitution of $2,500 to Home Savings and Loan.

Earvin was booked into the Mahoning County Justice Center June 11 after being arrested in Carlisle, Pa. Judge Sara Lioi recommended that Earvin participate in a 500-hour intensive drug treatment program and receive a mental health evaluation and participate in a counseling program, according to court records.

His attorney told Lioi in his filing that the robbery was the result of being off of his mental health medication and his dire financial circumstances.

He has substance abuse issues. At age 6, he witnessed his parents arguing and saw his mother shoot his father. At 10, he was moved to Ohio and was raised by his grandmother and has post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety, the filing says.

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