Tuscaloosa credit union robbery suspect sentenced to 20 years in prison

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing the Alabama Credit Union and taking hostages, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

19-year-old Cedrick Lamar Collins pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of taking hostages back in August.RELATED: Suspect pleads guilty to robbery of Tuscaloosa credit union

In January, The University of Alabama Police Department responded to a call about suspicious activity at the credit union. The Tuscaloosa Police and Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Department both responded to the scene where they found Collins had held employees hostage. None of the hostages were injured and officials were able to apprehend Collins safely.RELATED: Tuscaloosa credit union suspect was armed with BB gun, arrest warrant shows

One of the bank employees testified that Collins had put a gun to her head during the robbery. Investigators discovered that Collins’ weapon was a BB gun.

Collins was ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term.

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