Man sentenced for 2003 Indiana bank shootout

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a 35-year prison sentence for a man convicted of shooting at a central Indiana police officer during a 2003 bank robbery.

The sentence against 46-year-old Pascal Sylla comes after a jury convicted him in April of attempted bank robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime for the attack at a Madison County Federal Credit Union office in Anderson.

Then-Anderson assistant police chief Ray Novak was in plain clothes as a customer in the bank when Sylla pulled out a handgun. Prosecutors say Novak and Sylla shot at each other, but Sylla was able to escape.

Authorities say blood from the scene was linked by DNA testing to Sylla in 2010. He was then in prison for a 2005 bank robbery in Rushville.

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