A Charlotte man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to robbing a University City Family Dollar store at gunpoint nearly three years ago.
Robert “Bam Bam” Seigle, 23, had been charged with robbing the store on University City Boulevard on Oct. 3, 2010. Federal prosecutors said he threatened an employee during the robbery.
Seigle walked into the store shortly after it opened, pulled a gun on an employee, racked the slide on the pistol and asked the employee if he wanted to die, according to court documents and testimony at the sentencing hearing Monday.
After getting $100 from the cash register, Seigle walked the employee to the back of the store, tied his hands, shoved the man into a restroom and barricaded the door with merchandise, prosecutors said.
When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Seigle on Oct. 15, 2010, he had the same .45 caliber pistol used in the robbery, authorities said.
Seigle entered a guilty plea in October 2011. He was sentenced this week to 11 years four months in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Frank Whitney called the crime an “extraordinarily dangerous offense” before handing down the sentence, according to federal officials.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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