Bicycle Bandit sentenced to 17 years

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man known as the "bicycle bandit," who committed nine bank robberies in Spokane from which he fled on a bike, has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Lucas G. Woodard was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to the robberies.

Woodard robbed nine banks between December 2009 and October 2010, when he was arrested after fleeing a Washington Trust Bank branch.