Wearing jeans and a Gamecocks T-shirt, Wesley Todd McCracken held up his cuffed hands to read a note Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Charleston.
This time, his note did not demand cash from bank tellers, like they did when he robbed four banks across the Palmetto State in 2011.
The Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to nearly five years and 10 months in prison for his robbery spree. He pleaded guilty in December to robbing banks in Charleston, Georgetown, Columbia and Florence.
During sentencing, his attorney, Cameron Jane Blazer, told the judge that her client committed the robberies while “under the haze of various substances,” including cocaine.
“I don’t blame anyone for my addiction. However, I am immersed in shame,” McCracken said.
McCracken, 43, said he has abused drugs since he was a teenager. He apologized to the court and the victims, although none of them appeared in court on Tuesday.
District Judge Weston Houck said he took McCracken’s addiction into consideration when sentencing because, in many ways, it drove him to the robberies.
“The defendant is not the typical bank robber or typical violent offender,” Houck said.
Houck cited McCracken’s prior criminal background as well — two convictions for driving under suspension and one for disregarding a traffic signal.
In his four robberies across the state, McCracken would wear a navy Nike cap and hand tellers a note, but he never showed a gun. The notes often stated that he was armed, according to prosecutors.
McCracken began a robbery spree on Oct. 24, 2011, at a Wells Fargo bank in Florence, according to prosecutors. He was arrested on Dec. 29, 2011, after he robbed a South Carolina Bank and Trust in Georgetown, authorities said.
He admitted to all the robberies after law enforcement showed him security photos of him committing the robberies, prosecutors said.
McCracken is accused of robbing other banks in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, according to prosecutors.
After his release in South Carolina, McCracken will be required to make restitution in monthly payments.
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