Lewiston robber gets 10-year sentence

Posted Jan. 10, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A 35-year-old Lewiston man has been handed a 10-year prison sentence for robbing a credit union last June.

Christopher Cook fled the state after the holdup at the Community Credit Union and was arrested in South Yarmouth, Mass., after he broke his foot while jumping about 25 feet from a motel roof while trying to elude police.

Cook, a Cape Cod native, was convicted of the robbery charge in November in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Police recovered $760 of the more than $2,000 in stolen cash.

Cook also was sentenced to six months in jail for violating conditions of release, which he is expected to serve before he begins his prison term. He has prior convictions for robbery, forgery and assault on an officer.