PHOENIX - A man nicknamed the "Hothead Bandit" for wearing a flame-themed hat while robbing Arizona banks has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.
Prosecutors say 57-year-old Timothy John Kestle, of Litchfield Park, was sentenced Monday.
He pleaded guilty in January to four counts of armed bank robbery and one count of bank robbery.
The FBI nicknamed Kestle after he wore a hat with flames on the side during several of the bank robberies.
He was accused of robbing 17 banks in Phoenix, Goodyear, Peoria, Litchfield Park, Glendale and Chandler between 2009 and 2010.
Authorities say Kestle told tellers he had a gun and robbed banks to fuel his drug and gambling addictions. He had prior convictions for bank robbery in 1975 and 1996.
Kestle was arrested in June 2010.
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