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Yuba City man gets year in jail for bank robbery attempt

A Yuba City man who walked into the Bank of America in Marysville with a note reading, "Give me $10,000 or I will kill you," was sentenced on Monday to one year in jail for attempted bank robbery.

Police arrested John Gordon Chapman, 49, on March 13 after the bank manager he had asked to see told Chapman to wait a moment and arriving officers saw Chapman sitting inside the bank. Only Chapman and the bank employees were inside the building and police directed Chapman to lay down. He complied and was arrested. No weapon was found.

He told police he thought, if he got $10,000, he could take a bus to Sacramento and then get a flight to New York where he would live before moving to Europe, according to a probation report. Chapman said he wanted to live in New York for a fresh start to life and loved the city from what he had seen of it on TV.

Chapman was found competent to stand trial. He is expected be released, with credit for time served, this week. He receives $937 a month in Social Security disability because of health issues from drug use, according to probation.

He said he used the disability income to obtain meth, according to the probation report.

CONTACT Ryan McCarthy at or 749-4780. Find him on Facebook at /ADrmccarthy or on Twitter at @ADrmccarthy.

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