NEW MILFORD --A New Milford man who pleaded guilty to robbing a New Milford bank, fleeing on a local transit bus, then engaging New Milford Police in a five-hour standoff at his apartment has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Preston Hanlon, 28, was sentenced Friday in state Superior Court in Litchfield for his role in robbing a Webster Bank branch in January.

His sentence can be suspended after five years, the mandatory minimum sentence for a first-degree robbery conviction, followed by three years of probation, according to a Superior Court clerk.

Hanlon, 28, entered a guilty plea in August to first-degree robbery and first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery. He also agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of his two co-defendants, Michael Thaisz and Serena Viccaro.

Hanlon was arrested Jan. 18 after robbing the bank with an air gun, using a local bus for the getaway. He then held New Milford Police in a five-hour stand-off at the apartment he and Thaisz shared.

Viccaro, who was a teller at the bank, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Thaisz' next scheduled court date is Oct. 21.