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Parkton man gets 32 years in prison for armed robberies

Posted April 7, 2010 11:55 a.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2010 12:51 p.m. EDT

— A Parkton man was sentenced Wednesday to 32 years in federal prison on weapons charges linked to the robberies of a discount store and a bank in Cumberland County, authorities said.

A judge also ordered William Lee Green II, 45, to pay Dollar General and First Citizens Bank a total of $1,494 in restitution.

Green pleaded guilty last November to two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The charges stemmed from using a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the Sept. 9, 2008, robbery of the Dollar General in Hope Mills and the Sept. 17, 2008, robbery of the First Citizens branch on Owen Drive in Fayetteville.

A day after the First Citizens robbery, Green was arrested when he robbed a Family Dollar store and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase after stealing two vehicles.

Authorities said Green couldn't start his getaway car, and he failed in an attempt to steal a woman's SUV from the parking lot. He later stole a Ford Expedition, abandoned it when it stalled and then carjacked a Nissan Sentra from a mother and child, authorities said.

The chase ended when the Sentra collided with a Cumberland County deputy's patrol car and caught fire.