39 months for man who confessed 90 minutes after bank robbed

Published 1:30 pm Friday, August 10, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who confessed to the FBI shortly after robbing a bank in Louisiana has been sentenced to 39 months in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Eddie James was sentenced Wednesday.

James pleaded guilty in April. Authorities said James called the FBI about 90 minutes after the Nov. 2 robbery in New Orleans. He told an investigator he had been having trouble paying his bills when he walked into the bank branch with a note demanding money and left with more than $1,100.

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Bank robbery carries a possible 20-year federal sentence but judges weigh numerous factors under sentencing guidelines.

James’ record includes a 10-year sentence for manslaughter in 1995. However, records show the judge granted a prosecution motion for a sentence reduction following James’ guilty plea.