Granddad Bandit Expected to Plead Guilty to Va. Charges

January 27, 2011

The federal prosecutor's office in Richmond says the suspect known as the Granddad Bandit will plead guilty to multiple bank robbery counts February 10.

Elizabeth Wilson of the federal public defender's office confirmed Wednesday that 53-year-old Michael Francis Mara will plead guilty but she said she could not discuss details.

Mara is suspected of robbing more than two dozen banks in 13 states. He 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 August 11 at his Baton Rouge, Louisiana home.

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