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A Buffalo man was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 57 months in prison for bank robbery.

Michael Tynes, 54, pleaded guilty in April to robbing two M&T Bank branches on Jefferson Avenue last August and September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten asked for a longer sentence and noted that the two tellers involved in the robberies were traumatized by the events.

Brian Comerford, an assistant federal public defender, said Tynes is remorseful and eager to leave behind a life of drugs and crime.

Tynes’ sentence is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

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