HAYWARD -- A Union City store owner was sentenced Friday to three years of state prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery that ended with a suspect killing himself after exchanging gunfire with police.
Anthony Lee Pabros, 37, was given his sentence by Judge Stuart Hing at the Hayward Hall of Justice.
Pabros was arrested Jan. 15, 2011, minutes after an armed robbery of Bank of the West at 33301 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.
Francis Buhay, 36, of Sunnyvale, robbed the bank at gunpoint and then ran to a Lincoln Town Car, which was driven away by Pabros, according to court documents.
Officers pursued the pair for several blocks when Pabros stopped the vehicle and and surrendered to police without incident. But Buhay ran from the car, fired gunshots at police who returned fire, and was found dead later that day in a home's backyard in the 2700 block of Dowe Avenue, court documents said.
Buhay, who was convicted of robbery in 1999, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Pabros, the owner of Kingdom clothing store on Smith Street in Union City, pleaded no contest in September to one count of second-degree robbery.
He likely will serve less than half of the sentence because he is receiving credit for time already served, said Douglas Rappaport, his defense attorney.
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