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Man guilty of bank robbery, kidnapping

A Culpeper man faces a possible life sentence after pleading guilty in federal court Wednesday to bank robbery, kidnapping and two counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

George Golder Phillips II, 37, who stole more than $87,000 during six bank robberies in 2008 and 2009, will be sentenced  Sept. 14.

In addition to the robberies, Phillips was also accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint in Prince William County in September 2009.

According to prosecutors, he forced the woman into his car, blindfolded her and then drove her around the Beltway into the Maryland suburbs. There he wrecked his vehicle and fled on foot.

The investigation was handled by the FBI, the Virginia State Police, the Fauquier, Orange, and Frederick County sheriff’s offices and the Prince William and Front Royal police departments.

Virginia assistant attorney general and Special Assistant U.S Attorney Marc Birnbaum and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Fahey prosecuted the case.

—Donnie Johnston

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