By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW STANTON, Pa. (AP) - A heroin addict who initially told reporters he robbed a woman at an automatic teller machine in western Pennsylvania but denied two previous similar heists is now ready to cop to all three.

Defense attorney Christopher Huffman says 26-year-old James Stonick, of Herminie, has agreed to plead guilty to robberies at the drive-thru ATM at the First Commonwealth Bank in New Stanton on Oct. 1, 8 and 26.

Stoner told reporters he was “mostly” innocent after he was arraigned on the third robbery, because he denied being involved in the first two.

But on Wednesday, he waived to court charges relating to the Oct. 26 robbery and struck a deal on the others in exchange for three to 10 years’ incarceration. A Westmoreland County judge must still approve the plea agreement.

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