- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A man who recruited teenagers to participate in Washington state bank robberies has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors in Seattle say 31-year-old Robert Cal Adams III was involved in more than a dozen bank robberies. Some he conducted on his own, and for others he recruited juveniles and trained them to rob tellers using notes.

U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said in a news release that his willingness to involve young people made his offense “particularly despicable.”

Adams pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count and 10 robbery counts in connection with bank robberies in Covington, Tacoma, Auburn, Spokane and elsewhere in March and April 2014. He was arrested when investigators found him at a nearby motel after he hit a US Bank in Des Moines.

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