Casey Swain admitted robbing banks in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Kenmore and Niagara Falls and was suspected by law enforcement in several more.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo sentenced him Friday to 57 months in prison.
Swain, 37, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of bank robbery but, in his plea deal, admitted to five robberies at First Niagara Bank branches in Erie and Niagara County and Bellevue, Pa.
The robberies took place from April through August of last year, and netted Swain more than $24,000 in cash.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane said Swain used threats of violence in two of the robberies and, in his plea agreement, admits he handed one teller a note that said, “No sudden movements and no one gets hurts.”
Swain's sentencing is the result of an investigation by the FBI, Buffalo Police, Lackawanna Police, Niagara Falls Police and Kenmore Police.