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Bank robber with fake bomb sentenced to prison

Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:58 PM
Last updated 9:38 PM
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A Martinez man who tried to rob a bank with a fake bomb last summer was sentenced to prison Thursday.

At a sentencing hearing in Columbia County, Ted Howard Screws Jr., 45, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and possession of a hoax device.

Superior Court Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Screws to 10 years in prison, the minimum for armed robbery, followed by five years on probation.

The defendant also must also get psychological counseling and repay about $1,000 missing from the robbery.

Authorities say on June 28, Screws handed the teller at First Bank of Georgia on Furys Ferry Road a note and a fake pipe bomb made from PVC. He left the bank with nearly $5,000. Screws told deputies after his arrest where to find $3,750 in his home.

Screws’ attorney, Cecelia Toole, said economic conditions forced the family construction business that Screws ran to close.

“Basically, he needed to pay the bills,” she said at the hearing.

Toole said Screws was on a drinking binge and doesn’t remember some of the incident. He was released from the Columbia County Deten­tion Center on Aug. 20 after posting a $40,000 bond, according to jail records.

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jmo 03/21/13 - 06:36 pm
I guess that life

can sometimes become overwhelming. This is not an excuse for what this man did, but at least the "fake" bomb shows he did not want to hurt anyone else.

GiantsAllDay 03/21/13 - 07:05 pm
Looks like Padgett put the

Looks like Padgett put the "screws" to him.

oldredneckman96 03/22/13 - 03:25 am
Fake bomb

OK, put a bomb in his jail cell everynow and then with a lit fuse just as he wakes up. Let him figure out if it is a fake.

Darby 03/22/13 - 10:29 pm
"at least the "fake" bomb ....

shows he did not want to hurt anyone else"

Or that he didn't have the smarts to make the real thing...

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