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Limping bandit pleads guilty to 23 robberies

Jun 8, 2010 12:49:00 PM - thestate.com
Federal prosecutors say a Georgia man has pleaded guilty in South Carolina to robbing nearly two dozen banks around the Southeast.

U.S. Attorney William Nettles said Tuesday that 52-year-old Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to 23 bank robberies. U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt will sentence Haire after a report is prepared by the U.S. Department of Probation and Pretrial Services. He faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

Nettles says Haire traveled across the Southeast beginning in 2006 committing robberies and was arrested last July after a holdup in Mount Pleasant.

Authorities called Haire the "Limping Bandit" because bank tellers noticed he walked with a pronounced limp. He suffered polio as a child.

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