Sep 10, 2010 6:57 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

`Granddad Bandit' to Appear in Va. Court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The bank robbery suspect the FBI nicknamed the "Granddad Bandit" is due for his first federal court appearance in Virginia.
A detention hearing is set Friday morning for 52-year-old Michael Francis Mara in Richmond, followed by his arraignment before a different judge in the same courthouse.
Elizabeth Slater Wilson, the federal public defender
representing the Baton Rouge, La., man, declined to say Thursday what she expects to happen at the hearings.
Mara is suspected in 25 bank robberies in 13 states, including a holdup in downtown Richmond. The FBI says the "Granddad Bandit" nickname was devised to help law enforcement and the public easily identify the suspect, whose picture was posted on billboards across the country. Mara was arrested last month.


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