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Man sentenced in SC to 25 years for bank robberies

Nov 30, 2010 7:59:00 PM - thestate.com
A man known as the "Limping Bandit" because of the way he walked away from a string of 23 bank robberies has been sentenced in Charleston to 25 years in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina said in a news release that 52-year-old Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to robberies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Haire was arrested in July 2009 after witnesses followed him from his 13th South Carolina bank robbery. The spree started three years earlier in Tifton, Ga. At the time, Haire was still on parole for a 1987 robbery conviction.

Haire earned his nickname because of the limp he has as a result of childhood polio.

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