COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - 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.