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Posted at 8:09 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Guilty plea seen for 'Granddad Bandit'

By The Associated Press

The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of holding up more than two dozen banks in 13 states is expected to plead guilty.

Prosecutors says 53-year-old Michael Francis Mara will plead guilty in a Richmond federal court Thursday.

Mara is charged with two robberies in Virginia and has agreed to plead guilty in Richmond to four robberies in Alabama and one in Arkansas.

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.

Mara was arrested Aug. 11 at his Baton Rouge, La., home.

By The Associated Press  | February 10, 2011; 8:09 AM ET
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