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'Sock Hat Bandit' sentenced to 10 years

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 15:05:43-05

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The FBI says a man who robbed 11 banks in three states and was known as the "Sock Hat Bandit" has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison.

A statement from the FBI office in Louisville says U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced 33-year-old Brian Michael Parnell on Thursday for robberies that were committed over a three-month span last year in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Parnell was arrested in June 2015 after a robbery at a Fifth-Third bank in northern Kentucky. The FBI says it then connected him to a series of other robberies in which the suspect covered his head with knitted hats. In all, the FBI says Parnell took more than $27,000.

U.S. Attorney spokesman Kyle Edelen says Parnell pleaded guilty in November to the robberies.