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Accused Serial Bank Robber To Change Pleas

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A jobless Washington state restaurant worker suspected of a multistate string of bank robberies appears ready to resolve holdups in at least three of the states.

Forty-nine-year-old Carl Frederick Kieffer of Spokane, Washington is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing in federal court in East St. Louis. That court appearance involves bank robbery charges in Illinois, Michigan and Wyoming.

Kieffer had pleaded not guilty.

The FBI has said Kieffer admitted robbing banks in Illinois, Wyoming, Ohio and Michigan. He was arrested last October after authorities say he strolled into a bank in the southwestern Illinois city of O’Fallon and made off with $3,300 from a teller.

Kieffer has asserted in court papers that during his bank-robbing spree, he had debts included $600,000 in hospital bills.

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