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State charges dropped against 'Ball Cap Bandit'

Surveillance photo from Hamilton bank robbery. Surveillance photo from Hamilton bank robbery.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Lauderdale County district attorney dropped the state charges against Cedrick Hicks.

Hicks, also know as the "Ball Cap Bandit," was recently sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison. While he is still facing the federal charges, the district attorney decided to drop his state charges. 

Hicks pleaded guilty to robbing 11 banks in Alabama and one in Tennessee. 

He was dubbed the "Ball Cap Bandit" after security cameras from each bank showed him wearing a ball cap during most of the hold-ups.

Assistant District Attorney Will Powell said they are pleased with the federal sentence - dropping their charges was negotiated in the beginning, as long as the federal case was upheld.

"The essence of that case was a series of robberies being worked by the federal authorities, so it's always been part of the cooperative effort to prosecute that individual," explained Powell, "that we would file the state charges, and then when the federal authorities got the rest of their case built and could go after him on a federal level, we would be willing to drop our state charges."

Along with the sentencing, the judge ordered Hicks to pay more than $63,000 in restitution to the banks.

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