Missouri man sentenced for West Virginia bank heist

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | 7:53 p.m. CDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Missouri man known as the "plaid shirt robber" has received the maximum 20-year sentence for holding up a bank in West Virginia.

U.S. District judge Joseph R. Goodwin said he gave 38-year-old Joseph Paul Young the maximum sentence because the Rogersville, Mo., man is a serial bank robber "who has scared the wits out of a lot of people."

Young pleaded guilty in April to robbing a Summit Community Bank branch in Charleston in August 2008. He also acknowledged robbing two other banks in St. Albans and Charleston last year.

Police dubbed Young the "plaid shirt robber" because surveillance video showed him wearing plaid shirts in multiple robberies.

Young also is a suspect in more than 20 bank robberies across the country.



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