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Man who robbed banks in Manchester, N.H., gets 10-year prison term

A 41-year-old man who robbed three banks in Manchester, N.H., and Hooksett last year received a 10-year federal prison sentence Friday, prosecutors said.

Michael Giles was sentenced for the robberies of two TD Bank branches in Manchester in November, as well as the robbery of a Citizens Bank in Hooksett in January 2016, the office of Acting US Attorney John J. Farley said in a statement.

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Giles, a former Manchester resident, also tried to rob another Manchester bank on the same day as the Hooksett heist, officials said. He was later arrested after one of the November robberies when “the motor scooter [he] was riding failed to start,” the statement said.

He pleaded guilty in April.

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Jonathan R. Saxe, Giles’s public defender, wrote in a court filing earlier this month that he and prosecutors had agreed on a 10-year sentencing request as part of a plea deal.

Giles’s prior criminal record includes a 2008 robbery of another bank in Manchester. He received a 30-month prison term in that case, which was also brought in federal court.

According to an affidavit filed in the earlier case, Giles robbed a Citizens Bank location on North Elm Street in Manchester on Nov. 28, 2008. He made off with about $1,700 after passing a note to a teller, the affidavit said.

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In the case for which Giles was sentenced Friday, his lawyer had said in a court filing that he “suffered through a chaotic and tragic childhood” that included run-ins with an abusive father who once held a loaded gun to his head.

“Bank robbery is undoubtedly a serious crime that warrants serious punishment simply from the point of protecting the public,” Saxe wrote. “The requested 10 year sentence is such a sentence. It is also important, however, that Giles receive appropriate and much needed mental health treatment both while incarcerated and during his period of supervision.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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