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'Hoodies' Suspect Gets More than 10 Years in Mobile Robbery

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A teen who was found to be part of what law enforcement officials dubbed a "Hoodies" ring has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Guettine Hyppolite was just 18-years-old when he pointed a shotgun at Wachovia Bank employees and customers and stole almost $12,000 in February. His 19th birthday was last week.

U.S. District Judge William Steele sentenced him to 10 years and five months on Tuesday, saying he was struck by the seriousness of the offense and that this was Hyppolite's first crime.

FBI agents have identified him as a member of the "Hoodies" group blamed in large part for a spike in aggressive robberies in the Mobile area over the past year or so.

Steele sentenced co-defendent Terrance Huell Lindsey to 13 years in prison for the same crime last month.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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