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Originally published Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:50 PM

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Wheelchair-bound man sentenced to 6+ years for role in Dane County bank robbery

A wheelchair-bound man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in a Dane County bank robbery last year.

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BLOOMING GROVE, Wis. —

A wheelchair-bound man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in a Dane County bank robbery last year.

A judge on Tuesday recommended that 28-year-old Michael L. Simmons serve his sentence at a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility.

Investigators first thought Simmons had served as a lookout, but federal prosecutor Stephen Sinnott says that wasn't the case.

Simmons' van was the getaway vehicle and Simmons provided one of the guns. However, Sinnott acknowledges that Simmons helped investigators track down the other suspects and he testified against them.

Simmons says he wakes up every day wondering why he got involved. He says he just wasn't thinking.

Simmons was paralyzed in 2003 after he was shot during a carjacking.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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