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Bank heist to draw up to five years for repeat felon

Bank heist to draw up to five years for repeat felon

A Valley Falls man is heading back to prison after admitting he robbed a Schuylerville bank in March

A Valley Falls man is heading back to prison after admitting he robbed a Schuylerville bank in March.

Donald Swanson, 32, pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree robbery and grand larceny for the March 8 holdup at the Glens Falls National Bank in Schuylerville.

Swanson was arrested less than 48 hours after the robbery. Police said they found the clothes he was wearing and some of the money from the bank.

Investigators said Swanson had been released from prison in December after serving a sentence for a bank robbery in Utica in 2004.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said Swanson is expected to be sentenced to 21⁄2 to 5 years by Saratoga County Judge Jerry Scarano in July.

It will be Swanson’s third prison sentence, as he also served time for attempted robbery for a 1999 incident in Warren County.

In the latest case, Swanson admitted handing a Glens Falls National Bank branch teller a note and demanding money. He did not display a weapon.

The robbery is similar to a crime Swanson confessed to in Oneida County Court in January 2005. Swanson pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery for the holdup of the Bank of Utica branch on Genesee Street in December 2004.

In other cases this week:

u David Barnes, 28, of Corinth, was sentenced to a year in jail and to pay restitution after he pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary for an incident in Halfmoon in October.

u Ronald Henry Jr., 25, of Voorheesville, pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated and he was sentenced to eight months in the Saratoga County jail.

u Michael Remillard, 40, of Greenfield Center, was sentenced to 5 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to felony DWI.

u Charles Reome, 27, of Greenfield, was sentenced to time served, five years of probation and drug treatment court after he pleaded guilty to felony DWI.

u Robert Mancucci, 27, of Mechanicville, was sentenced to time served and five years probation after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny.

u Robert Warren Jr., 45, of Hadley, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument and he is to be sentenced in July.

u Dawn Brenenstuhl, 45, of Watervliet, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and will be sentenced in June.

u Matthew Raia, 21, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary and was sentenced to five years probation.

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