North Charleston man pleads guilty to bank robberies


A North Charleston man charged in five Lowcountry bank robberies pleaded guilty to all charges in federal court on Monday.

Kelvin Barton faces 25 years for each bank robbery.

Barton was arrested last summer following a bank robbery and chase that started on Johns Island and ended on Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Police say the chase ended when Barton crashed into three cars, injuring two adults and a child.  

On June 14, 2011 Barton was charged with a July 2010 robbery at the National Bank of South Carolina. Barton had been accused of robbing The National Bank of South Carolina in West Ashley in April and a State Credit Union in West Ashley in September 2010.

The Summerville Police Department also charged Barton with entering a bank to steal in a May 27 robbery of the Sun Trust Bank on Dorchester Road. 

Barton faced nine charges one of which was a weapons charge. Federal prosecutors dropped that charge after they found out he had used a pellet gun during the hold-ups.

Barton will be sentenced at a later date.

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