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Jul 29, 2011 9:48 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

New Orleans man sentenced in 2 bank robberies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 44-year-old New Orleans man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in two bank robberies and other crimes.
A federal jury found Gerard A. Jackson Jr. guilty in April of a June 2009 armed robbery of a credit union branch, a July 2009 robbery of a Capital One branch, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine in 2008 and 2009.
Prosecutors say the obstruction charge stems from Jackson having his girlfriend tell the FBI that her car -- the getaway vehicle in the credit union robbery -- had been stolen.
The Times-Picayune reports Jackson was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

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