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Man given 80-month sentence for 2012 Gainesville bank robbery

A Franklin, North Carolina, man was sentenced to 80 months of imprisonment for his part in a December 2012 bank robbery in Gainesville.

Brandy Joe Charles pleaded guilty to bank robbery with all other charges in the indictment being dismissed. He was sentenced Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court.

According to the indictment, Charles and Anthony Clifton, of Houston, Texas, were accused of taking $7,739 on Dec. 11, 2012, from the Thompson Bridge Road SunTrust bank.

Clifton was sentenced in July 2015 on a bank robbery charge and given 48 months in prison.

Charles’ attorney Graham McKinnon declined to comment.

Both men were ordered to pay restitution to the bank.

According to the Department of Justice, Charles and Clifton were previously sentenced for a 2012 armed robbery at the Tennessee State Bank in Newport, Tennessee.

“Charles was sentenced to serve 188 months in prison and Clifton was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison,” according to the Department of Justice. “Upon their release from prison, each will be subject to supervised release under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.”

The sentence for the Gainesville case will be served consecutive to the Tennessee case, according to court documents.

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