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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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