CHARLESTON, S.C. - A man known as the "Limping Bandit" because of the way he walked away from a string of 23 bank robberies, including two in the Augusta area, has been sentenced in Charleston to 25 years in federal prison.
The U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina said in a news release that 52-year-old Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to robberies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Haire was arrested in July 2009 after witnesses followed him from his 13th South Carolina bank robbery. The spree started three years earlier in Tifton, Ga. At the time, Haire was still on parole for a 1987 robbery conviction.
Aiken authorities have said he was a suspect in the robbery of the Security Federal Bank on Laurens Street on Nov. 20, 2007.
According to the FBI's Columbia office, Haire also was suspected in a robbery of the Carolina First Bank in Edgefield on Jan. 3, 2008.
Haire earned his nickname because of the limp he has as a result of childhood polio.