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Lee County Man Sentenced to More than Eight Years in Prison for Five North Alabama Robberies

April 3 , 2014

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal judge today sentenced a Lee County man to eight years and four months in prison for a 2013 string of bank robberies in North Alabama, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr.

JIMMY DAWSON CUNNINGHAM JR., 39, of Salem, Ala., pleaded guilty in January to five bank robberies between Jan. 3, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2013. The banks robbed over those 12 days were: National Bank of Commerce, Shades Creek Parkway, Birmingham; PNC Bank, Euclid Avenue, Mountain Brook; First Community Bank, Marktplatz Center, Cullman; Regions Bank, Culver Road, Mountain Brook; and Union State Bank, Pelham Parkway, Pelham.

U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson sentenced Cunningham to prison and ordered him to pay $14,780 in restitution to the four banks that lost money in his robberies. Cunningham took money in all five robberies, but the money he robbed from First Community Bank in Cullman was recovered following the crime.

The FBI, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Mountain Brook, Cullman and Pelham police departments, investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Montminy prosecuted.





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