Granddad Bandit sentenced to 25 years in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The graying, balding so-called "Granddad Bandit" has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbing banks in 13 states.

Fifty-three-year-old Michael Francis Mara pleaded guilty in February to robbing two Virginia banks. He acknowledged heists from New York to Texas from 2008 until his capture last summer. Mara was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Richmond, Va. In addition to the prison time he must pay more than $83,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors called Mara a career criminal who had been committing crimes all over the country since he was 18.

The FBI dubbed Mara the "Granddad Bandit" and plastered bank surveillance photos of him on billboards nationwide in August. He was arrested a week later in Louisiana after a six-hour standoff.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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