Columbia man pleads guilty to robbing banks

2 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, August 31 2015 Aug 31, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015 2:28:00 PM CDT August 31, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A 43-year-old Columbia man pleaded guilty to robbing six banks and using a bicycle to flee.

The office for the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in his plea Monday Shaun Christopher Becker admitted he robbed six banks in Columbia between November 2014 and January 2015. He also admitted that he used a bicycle as a getaway vehicle in each of the robberies.

Authorities found Becker after he had ditched his bike following the last robbery and was seen walking along the shoulder of the road.

Prosecutors said he admitted committing the bank robberies to support a heroin addiction.

Becker faces up to 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000.

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