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Bank Robber Turned in by Sons Gets 40 Years


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A family man once regarded as a pillar of his community was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for a string of bank robberies after being turned in by his own sons, who had recognized him from a surveillance photo. The judge issued the minimum sentence for Alfred Ginglen.

"It's very, very sad, but it's where we are," U.S. District Judge Jeanne Scott said.

Ginglen, 64, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of armed bank robbery and two counts of carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He was accused of stealing nearly $60,000 from five small banks during a a nine-month spree between November 2003 and July 2004.

Ginglen's double life - which authorities allege included a girlfriend, drugs and prostitutes - started to unravel in August 2004, when one of his sons, Peoria police Officer Jared Ginglen, recognized his father on surveillance videos posted on a law enforcement Web site.

"There are no winners here today. The whole thing has been a tragedy for my family," Jared Ginglen said after his father's sentencing.

Alfred Ginglen's three sons have said they have no regrets about turning in their father.

Ginglen's attorney, Ron Hamm, has said Ginglen was a devoted family man and a good employee with a strong history of community service and no prior criminal record.

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