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'Granddad Bandit' suspect to plead guilty in Va.

'Granddad Bandit' suspect to plead guilty in Va.
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POSTED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 2:26am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 2:29am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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, Va., federal court Thursday.

Mara is charged with two robberies in Virginia and has agreed to plead guilty 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.

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