Water-gun bank robber gets up to 10 years in prison

The man painted the water guns to appear like real firearms

Jail cells (MGN Online)
Jail cells (MGN Online)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A man convicted of robbing two Massachusetts banks with a water gun painted to look real has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 34-year-old Edgardo Rivera was also sentenced Thursday to five years of probation after being convicted of multiple counts of armed and masked robbery.

Prosecutors say the Springfield man robbed a bank in South Hadley on March 28, 2016, and a bank in Ware just a few days later. About $10,000 in total was stolen.

An employee at one of the banks said she thought she was going to die.

Rivera’s lawyer asked for a shorter sentence, saying his client used a water gun to make sure no one got hurt.