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Key players in vault heist sentenced to federal prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A man caught on videotape looting an armored car company vault of $17 million -- one of the biggest thefts of its kind in U.S. history -- has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison.

"Your honor, if I could undo what I did, I would," David Scott Ghantt said before being sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen. "I was stuck in a go-nowhere job, and I wasn't happy with my life. I'm sorry."Ghantt, 29, a former Loomis truck driver and supervisor, was recorded in October 1997 at the company's Charlotte vault loading large amounts of cash into a truck. He became the target of a nationwide FBI manhunt and was arrested five months later near the Mexican island resort of Cozumel.

Prosecutors charged more than 20 people in the case. All but one have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from bank larceny to money laundering. More than $2 million is still missing.

Mullen also sentenced Steven Chambers to 11 years and three months in prison for paying two conspirators to open safe deposit boxes to store the stolen money.