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Columbia Missourian

Missouri bank robber headed to prison

By The Associated Press
August 13, 2009 | 4:14 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A Florissant man who admitted robbing 12 St. Louis-area banks has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $105,000 in restitution.

Donald Giammanco, known as the "Boonie Hat Bandit," was sentenced Thursday.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap has said Giammanco made off with amounts ranging from $1,300 at one bank to $26,000 at another. Seven of the robberies were in St. Louis County, five in St. Charles County.

Giammanco earned the nickname because he twice wore military-style, floppy-brimmed "Boonie" hats during robberies. Other times, he wore suit jackets or other nice clothing.

After his capture in September, authorities described the 45-year-old Giammanco as an out-of-work construction worker.