Man appeals 25-year stint in Southeast robberies

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man known as the "Limping Bandit" because of the way he walked away from a string of 23 bank robberies is appealing his 25-year federal prison sentence.

Court records filed earlier this month show that Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., has filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence.

Haire was sentenced last month. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to robberies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Haire was arrested in July 2009 after witnesses followed him from his 13th South Carolina bank robbery. The spree started three years earlier in Tifton, Ga. At the time, Haire was still on parole for a 1987 robbery conviction.

Haire earned his nickname because of the limp he has as a result of childhood polio.

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