Bank robber's apology to tellers helps at sentencing time

January 25, 1998

An Ellicott City man who robbed six banks of more than $29,000 between December 1996 and March 1997 was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. said he reduced the sentence from 15 years to 12 years because Michael F. Zemanick, 44, had thought of the victims -- the bank tellers -- and had written letters of apology to them.

Zemanick, testimony showed, has a history of mental illness. The robberies occurred during a period when he was abusing alcohol -- after being sober for about 10 years -- and was not taking prescribed medication properly.

Upon his release, Zemanick was ordered to complete five years of probation, remain drug- and alcohol-free and make restitution.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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