Bank robber pleads guilty

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By Damon Lawrence

Billy Joe Dugard has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks, including one in Kingston.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Albany, Ind., on May 31.

In exchange for confessing to the crimes, federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison.

“If the court accepts this plea agreement, defendant will be sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, and the amount of the fine and the amount of supervised release will be left to the discretion of the court,” the plea agreement said.

Dugard went on a bank robbery spree in the spring of 2012.

According to court records, he robbed three banks in Indiana between April 24-30.

He made his way to the Volunteer State where he robbed the BB&T in Loudon and Bank of America in Kingston.

The FBI said Dugard walked in to each bank, presented a note and demanded money.

The Tennessee robberies occurred less than an hour apart on May 1.

Dugard was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, a day later. In his possession was $2,384.

The plea agreement, which was filed last month, includes a signed statement from Dugard.  

“I am pleading guilty as set forth in this plea agreement because I am guilty,” the statement said.