‘Crown Royal Bandit gets 127 years in jail; five years supervised release

A U.S. District judge gave Bruce Allen Hughes, 48, a 127-year sentence in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on five counts of armed bank robbery, six counts of using a firearm while committing a violent felony, and one count of gun possession by a convicted felon.

"This defendant victimized unsuspecting costumers and employees of dozens of banks over the course of a decade," said acting U.S. attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Hughes also9 was ordered to repay about $300,000 in restitution, all following his guilty plea in August 2009.

The Blairsville man became somewhat of a legend during the 11 years he was on the run, known for using a purple "Crown Royal" liqour bag to collect the cash he stole.

His robberies began in Roswell, and spanned across the country, including other Georgia locations, including Athens, authorities said.

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