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Posted at 7:47 AM ET, 01/10/2011

New trial date for 'Granddad Bandit'

By Associated Press

A new trial date is expected to be set for the so-called Granddad Bandit, who is accused of robbing 25 banks in 13 states.

Fifty-three-year-old Michael Francis Mara was scheduled to face trial Thursday for two bank robberies in Virginia.

On Friday, prosecutors and his attorney asked a federal judge to delay the trial so they can receive documents from other states in which Mara has indicated he would plead guilty.

Mara signed papers last month that he would plead guilty to three robberies in Alabama and Arkansas.

A status hearing is set for Monday, during which a new trial date should be set.

The FBI dubbed the balding and graying Mara the "Granddad Bandit" during a nationwide search so he could be easily identified.

By Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 7:47 AM ET
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