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Sentencing scheduled for July 31
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The 64-year-old man dubbed the "Grandpa Bandit" who was charged with robbing seven banks across Georgia and Tennessee last year, including First Georgia Community Bank in Covington, pled guilty to four counts of bank robbery April 22 in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

 Bobby Joe Phillips of Covington had robbed the First Georgia Community Bank on U.S. Highway 278 in September 20, 2007, by handing a note to a teller demanding an amount of money.

 This kicked off an armed bank robbery spree as he robbed two more banks in Georgia and three in Tennessee, hitting two of the banks twice.

 Phillips generally did little to change or hide his appearance and continued driving a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. His vehicle was recognized in November 2007 and he was arrested with no resistance in Perry, Ga.

 Phillips is scheduled for sentencing July 31.

 He faces three more charges of bank robbery in Georgia, including one in Newton County.

 The 64-year-old defendant was previously convicted in Newton County of aggravated assault felony in 1993 for holding a pocketknife to the throat of man and simple battery misdemeanor in 1998 for putting a pillow over the face of a woman, according to court documents.