St. Paul man sentenced for bungled bank robbery

A St. Paul man has been sentenced to just over three years in prison for a bungled bank robbery.

Authorities say that when Donteh Lamont Smith handed a teller at a St. Paul TCF Bank branch a note demanding cash last July, it was wrapped around his ID card from Century College in suburban White Bear Lake.

The teller gave Smith just over $4,000, along with an exploding dye pack. St. Paul police arrested him nearby. His hands, clothing and some of the money stuffed in his pockets were stained by the dye.

According to an FBI agent's affidavit, Smith confessed, saying he was having trouble providing for his wife and kids.

Smith pleaded guilty last September, and U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum sentenced him Tuesday to 37 months in prison.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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