A 27-year-old Silver Spring Vietnam veteran, who was convicted in connection with the taking of hostages at a Montgomery County bank last February, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Stephen W. Gregory, of 8704 Milford Rd., had used two rifles to fire more than 200 bullets inside the Blair Park branch of the Citizens Bank of Maryland while holding eight persons hostage.
Gregory had been found guilty of eight counts of false imprisonment and four counts of assaulting police officers in connection with the incident.
Judge Fairbanks sentenced Gregory to two years for each count of false imprisonment to be served consecutively for a total of 16 years, according to a state's attorney. Additionally, Gregory was sentenced two years for each count of assault, but that sentence was to be served concurrently with the other sentence.
Gregory had pleaded innocent by reason of instantly in the incident that took place Feb. 9. The jury rejected Gregory's claim and convicted him Aug. 3.
During the six-hour siege, Gregory told the hostages that he was upset by President Carter's amnesty offer to Vietnam draft evaders, the general outcome of the Vietnam war, and the high price of oil.
Gregory's attorney, John Gill, says he plans to file an appeal today.