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FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

AUSTIN — A San Antonio man charged with pulling heists at eight banks and a credit union, including a Wells Fargo branch in San Marcos, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty this week to two counts of bank robbery with a deadly weapon.

Willie James Cleveland, 34, faces up to 25 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the two counts. As part of the plea agreement, Cleveland also will repay the more than $50,000 he stole from the nine banks in four Central Texas cities between mid-February and mid-April, said U.S. assistant attorneys Michael Galdo and Grant Sparks.

A sentencing hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

Cleveland’s ten-week robbery spree began Feb. 12 at a Woodforest National Bank at Wal-Mart, 1515 N. Loop 1604 East in San Antonio. On Feb. 18, he hit the Woodforest National Bank at 9300 S. Interstate 35 in Austin.

On Feb. 26, Cleveland robbed the Wells Fargo branch in the San Marcos Wal-Mart, 1015 Texas 80. Then on March 14, after a hiatus of about two weeks, he robbed a second in-store Wells Fargo branch at 1209 S. Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.

During the next month, Cleveland robbed four more financial institutions: Chase Bank, 5407 N. Interstate 35 in Austin, on March 16; Air Force Credit Union, 3103 Wurzbach Road in San Antonio, on March 26; BBVA Compass Bank, 7575 Wurzbach Road in San Antonio, on April 16; and BBVA Compass Bank, 5720 Cameron Road in Austin, on April 18.

He was arrested by San Antonio Police Department detectives on April 20.

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