Convicted criminal sentenced for Meriden bank robbery

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Meriden man with a long criminal past was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday for robbing a Meriden bank in September 2014.

According to court documents, Michael Maslar, 59, is heading to prison for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction for a previous bank robbery.

Court documents say on Sept. 22, 2014, Maslar wore a pillowcase with holes cut into it over his head as he held up the TD Bank on East Main Street in Meriden. The documents show he said he had a gun and demanded employees give him cash in $50 and $100 dollar bills.

Maslar got away with he got away with more than $5,600, but Meriden Police caught up to him and arrested him shortly after.

Maslar’s criminal history includes two prior federal convictions for bank robbery, as well as convictions for involuntary manslaughter and assault.

In March 2003, Maslar was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 165 months of imprisonment for robbing a bank in Meriden on Sept. 11, 2001.  He was released from prison in January 2014, and was on federal supervised release at the time of the September 2014 bank robbery.

Maslar had been detained since his arrest on Sept. 22, 2014.  On March 10, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release.  Judge Michael Shea imposed concurrent sentence of two years of imprisonment for the supervised release violation.

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