By Cathy Locke
A Boston man who was dubbed "the British bandit" for the exaggerated English accent he affected during bank robberies, will be residing in prison.
U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb sentenced Patrick Edward Doherty, 32, to 30 months in prison to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release for bank robbery, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also was ordered to pay restitution.
Doherty was arrested in November 2009 when investigators uncovered information regarding his method of operation and linking his likeness to surveillance photos. He was charged with the April 5, 2009 robbery of the Tri Counties Bank on Arena Boulevard in Sacramento, and the April 22, 2009, robbery of the Bank of America on Anderson Road in Davis. He pleaded guilty on April 5 of this year.
Doherty has been in custody since his arrest in last year.
The case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.
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