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      Man who robbed Cadillac bank sentenced to up to 31 years in prison

      Clinton Cole pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges in April and was sentenced Monday to 171-372 months in prison.

      The man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Cadillac bank in October has been sentenced to up to 31 years in prison.

      Clinton Cole pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges in April and was sentenced Monday to 171-372 months in prison. He is also facing charges for two other armed robberies in Clare County.

      Police say Cole handed a note to a teller at the Wexford Community Credit Union in Cadillac on Oct. 4 and demanded money. He also threatened to blow up the school across the street if bank personnel triggered an alarm, police say.

      Lincoln Elementary Street is across the street from the credit union. Cole did not carry out the threat, but the district did go into "secure mode" locking doors as a precaution.

      A few hours later, the Chemical Bank in Harrison reported a robbery where a suspect pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot children at the local school if he wasn't given money.

      The suspect got away and local schools were locked down.

      About two hours later, there was another armed robbery reported at the Chemical Bank in Hayes Township that matched the description of the suspect from the previous robbery.

      Deputies say they chased the suspect's SUV north, eventually catching up with the car and arresting the two people inside, Ruth Loomis and Clinton Cole.

      Ruth Loomis is currently in jail serving a 12-month sentence in Clare County after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact.

      Cole is facing armed robbery charges in Clare County as well. He is scheduled to be in court for a pre-trial on June 17.