AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man received eight years in prison Thursday for masterminding an $8 million armored-car heist, a crime he said was born of financial desperation.

Roger Dillon, 23, of Youngstown, told the judge that the November heist was a stupid thing to do.

"I can't look back and justify what I did," he said. "Things seemed hopeless and this seemed like a way out."

Dillon pleaded guilty in March to bank larceny and other charges in what federal prosecutors said was one of the largest thefts ever in northern Ohio. His mother, Sharon Gregory, was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the heist, and on Wednesday his girlfriend, Nicole Boyd, received five years.