Man Admits to Robbing 31 Banks & Stealing 110K in One Year

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Man Admits to Robbing 31 Banks & Stealing 110K in One Year

May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A 49-year-old Minneapolis Man, previously dubbed by authorities as "the man-in-black bank robber," pleaded guilty Tuesday to five bank robberies between March 9, 2011 and January 3, 2012.

But his history of robbing banks doesn't stop there.

While entering his plea at the Minneapolis District Court, Mark Edward Wetsch admitted responsibility for 25 additional bank robberies in 2011.

Previously, on April 22, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery, which occurred on January 3, 2012, in Brewster, Minnesota.

He entered his plea Tuesday before United States District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

In each case, Wetsch admitted that he wore a black mask and brandished a firearm believed to be real.

All told Wetsch said he stole more than $110,000 in one year.

Wetsch remains in custody. The government is seeking a prison sentence of 14 years.

Since the federal criminal justice system does not have parole, defendants serve virtually their entire sentences behind bars.

Judge Nelson will determine Wetsch’s actual sentence at a future hearing, not yet scheduled.

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