River Rat robber sentenced in Clark County WA

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The robber known as the River Rat for crimes on both sides of the Columbia River has been sentenced to 27 years for a string of heists in Clark County, Wash., in 2009.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/waOsZc ) that Tuesday's court hearing wrapped up legal proceedings for 35-year-old Alexey Perez Hernandez's high profile crime spree. He targeted banks and check-cashing stores.

The Bonney Lake, Wash., man has already been sentenced by judges in King and Pierce counties in Washington, as well as in federal court in Multnomah County, Ore.

Prosecutors say the new 27-year sentence, as well as lesser punishments imposed in King and Pierce counties, will be served at the same time as a federal sentence of more than 26 years.

Perez Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of first-degree robbery.

The River Rat's getaway driver, Travis Lee Oles of Portland, has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for helping plan the robberies.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com