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Syracuse man admits to five bank robberies, enters plea agreement

A 34-year-old Syracuse man pleaded guilty to five bank robberies in court Wednesday.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A 34-year-old Syracuse man pleaded guilty to five bank robberies in court Wednesday.

As part of a plea agreement, Brandon Rothenburgh faces up to 15 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

Rothenburgh says he'll repay the money he stole during the robberies -- a total of $94,393 – and agreed to forfeit cash and a Cadillac he purchased with the stolen money, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Rothenburgh admitted to robbing the following banks between June and August of 2012:
  • First Niagara Bank in Gates, New York on June 18, 2012
  • Citizens Bank in Gates, New York on July 12, 2012
  • First Niagara Bank in Gates, New York (again) on August 7, 2012
  • M&T Bank in Rome, New York on July 24, 2012
  • Bank of America in Auburn, New York on August 30, 2012
Rothenburgh was arrested in September 2012 along with co-conspirator James Nicholson. Charges are pending against Nicholson.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 7.

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