- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old Arkansas man pleaded guilty to committing 12 robberies in five states during the summer of 2013.

Federal prosecutors say Timothy Patrick Hoyt, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to indictments from Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma, all of which were transferred to Missouri.

Hoyt pleaded to using what appeared to be a handgun to rob the Alliant Bank in Blackwater, Missouri, and 10 other businesses, including eight fast food restaurants. The weapon was a pellet or BB gun.

Besides those crimes, he acknowledged committing another robbery in Kansas and two in Iowa, where he was arrested.

Hoyt faces up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution for each of the robberies. No sentencing date was scheduled.

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