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'Granddad Bandit' suspect to plead in Ala, Ark

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM
Updated: Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Granddad Bandit, Michael Mara, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas

RICHMOND, Va. - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of robbing 25 banks in 13 states has signed papers to plead guilty to three heists in Alabama and Arkansas.

Michael Francis Mara is being held in Virginia facing two bank robbery charges. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Mara signed court papers in December asking permission to move charges related to one robbery in Arkansas and two in Alabama to Virginia so he can plead guilty and be sentenced here.

The FBI dubbed the balding and graying Mara the "Granddad Bandit" to help law enforcement and the public easily identify the suspect, whose picture was posted on billboards across the country.

The 53-year-old Mara was arrested at his Louisiana home in August after a six-hour standoff with police.

Mara's attorney declined to comment.

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