Twenty years in prison was the sentence handed down Friday to Jeffrey Patrick Frye, who admitted he had robbed banks across South Carolina.

Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Norton sentenced Frye, who also must repay $31,000, the estimated amount taken during the seven robberies, said U.S. Attorney William Nettles.

Following his time in prison, Frye must complete three years of supervised release.

Frye, 46, of Hanahan pleaded guilty to seven bank heists in a brazen, monthlong crime spree that crisscrossed the state. He entered his guilty plea when he appeared before Norton last year.

He faced a maximum penalty of 140 years in prison and nearly $2 million in fines. Court records show no plea agreement was filed.

Frye robbed branches of First Citizens Bank in North Charleston, Lexington, Spartanburg, Columbia, Orangeburg and Summerville, as well as the Bank of South Carolina in Mount Pleasant, Nettles said.

His spree began Dec. 24, 2008, when he robbed the First Citizens branch at 9205 University Blvd. in North Charleston.

He then moved throughout the state over the next month holding up the other banks before his final robbery of the First Citizens location at 1319 Main St. in Summerville on Jan. 26, 2009. Frye surrendered later that day after a three-hour standoff at a North Charleston motel.

Frye's criminal career dates back to the late 1980s, when he was arrested on multiple counts of check fraud.

Since then, he was convicted of an array of crimes. Some were less serious -- shoplifting, forgery, stealing baby formula -- but others caused a stir, including a 1993 bank robbery in West Ashley.

In 2002, authorities said, he took a woman's purse while she and her husband kept vigil at their dying son's bedside at a Charleston hospital, then stole their car and several thousand dollars from their bank account.

Later that year, he led Charleston police on a car chase and held the SWAT team at bay for two hours at a Bojangles'.