May 24, 2018
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Westbrook man sentenced to 15 years for robbing 4 banks and a convenience store

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for a series of five robberies committed last year.

Paul Sans, 30, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release. In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge George Singal ordered Sans to pay more than $19,000 in restitution.

Sans and Maria Mattson, 31, of Westbrook both admitted to robbing a Portland convenience store, a Lewiston bank, and three credit unions — two in Portland and one in Windham — between Jan. 11 and Feb. 15, 2012, according to court documents.

The couple was arrested about 30 minutes after robbing the Auburn Savings Bank in Lewiston one day after Valentine’s Day last year, according to court documents. They used the money gained in their spree to buy heroin and pay household expenses.

Sans pleaded guilty in October to four counts of bank robbery and one count of interference with commerce by robbery.

Mattson, who drove the getaway car for the robberies, pleaded guilty to similar charges in August and was sentenced in December in federal court in Portland to four years and two months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. She and Sans both are responsible for paying a total of $19,161 in restitution.

Sans faced a longer prison term because he had a more extensive criminal history than Mattson and actually committed the robberies, according to court documents.

Both faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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