A man accused of robbing five Lowcountry banks is due in federal court for a plea hearing this morning.
Kelvin Barton, 37, already served a stretch in a federal penitentiary before coming back to the Lowcountry in 2010 and allegedly taking up where he left off, according to court records.
Police caught up with Barton after a June 7 holdup at a bank on Savannah Highway. Charleston County sheriff's deputies grabbed him after a car chase ended in a crash.
He is accused of robbing four banks in Charleston County and one in Dorchester County.
Barton is charged with robbing a National Bank of South Carolina branch office in Summerville on July 3, 2010; a State Credit Union branch office in North Charleston on Sept. 2, 2010; a National Bank of South Carolina branch office in West Ashley on April 5; a Sun Trust bank in North Charleston on May 27; and a First Federal Savings and Loan branch office in West Ashley on June 7.
He faces a nine-count federal incident on bank robbery and weapons charges.
In September 1999, Barton robbed a First National Bank of South Carolina branch office at 1710 N. Main St. in Summerville at gunpoint.
He was charged with bank robbery and with using a gun during commission of a violent crime and convicted in January 2000 after a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison and five years of probation.
He got out of prison in September 2009, according to federal records.