Man sentenced for robbing 9 San Francisco banks

A man who admitted robbing nine San Francisco banks has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

James Burge pleaded guilty in March to nine counts of unarmed bank robbery. On Monday, a federal judge ordered him to serve the prison time, pay nearly $31,000 in restitution and write letters of apology to each bank.

Authorities say Burge would approach bank tellers with a note demanding money and threatening to shoot if they didn't comply. The robbery spree lasted from November 2007 to March 2008.

Another defendant, Peter Juneau, pleaded guilty last month to 11 bank robberies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Seattle during the same time period. Juneau is serving a 63-month prison term.

Bay Area NewsCA Bay Bank RobberiesLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Years after fight club scandal, Sheriff’s oversight board takes shape

‘We want to promote law enforcement best practices’

More than a thousand people gathered in front of the California Capitol building to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order and demand that the state re-open on May 1, 2020. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)
Newsom blames ‘right-wing pundits’ for COVID surge

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday placed the blame… Continue reading

Strong California revenues will allow the state to commit to offering no-cost food to every student. (Amanda Mills/Pixnio)
How California plans to offer free daily meals to 6 million public school students

By Ali Tadayon EdSource With one in every six children facing hunger… Continue reading

Most Read