A career bank robber was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison today by a federal judge who said, "He just keeps doing it."
Richard Hawes, 50, of New Castle, was sentenced to 151 months in prison for the August robbery of Grayson National Bank in Hillsville. U.S. District Judge James Turk in Roanoke also ordered Hawes to repay $9,605 he stole in the stickup and $17,000 he still owes from previous robberies.
Hawes blamed the holdup on his bipolar disorder and apologized. He asked the judge for another chance at a law-abiding life.