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Man gets 16 life sentences for robbing banks and restaurant

By Mason White 12:42 PM April 12, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man was sentenced to a whopping 16 life sentences in prison.

42-year-old Karriem Barrow of New York, was sentenced on Wednesday, after he committed a number of armed robberies with his cousin.

Barrow was accused of robbing 7 banks and a restaurant in a period of two months, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

The duo robbed a restaurant in the Bronx and banks in Cortlandt Manor, Briarcliff Manor, White Plains, Bronxville and Mahopac, Bharara said, netting them more than $187,000.

Barrow and his accomplice Carl Farrington, 35, were nicknamed “the polite bandits” because they would routinely thank their victims and say goodbye after robbing the place.

Farrington made a plea deal with prosecutors and he became the star witness at a 9-day federal trial in which Barrow was convicted of 18 charges related to theft.

Judge Kenneth Karas sentenced Barrow to 16 life sentences because he had two previous convictions of armed robbery.