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Wilmington bank robber to pay back money

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Reggie Beckton's mug shot after his arrest in 2010. (Source: Wilmington PD) Reggie Beckton's mug shot after his arrest in 2010. (Source: Wilmington PD)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - A man convicted of robbing two banks will have to pay the money back.

Reggie Beckton was convicted in September of 2012 of robbing the RBC Centura Bank on Market Street and the New Bridge Bank on South College Road. Both crimes happened in August of 2010 less than two weeks apart.

In the RBC robbery, prosecutors say Beckton handed the teller a bag and instructed them to put money in it.  He also threatened the teller.

In the robbery at New Bridge Bank, prosecutors say Beckton gave the teller a note that said "do what I tell you to do or die. Period. I have two guns and I will shoot you in the face if you act stupid or obvious."

On Monday, Beckton was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by three years of supervision. He was also ordered to pay $689 in restitution to New Bridge Bank and $2,240 to RBC Bank.

The case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a team effort against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders.

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