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Briarcliff Bank Robber Faces Eight Life Terms

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – A convicted bank robber faces eight terms of life in prison plus 200 years for participating in bank robberies in Bronxville, White Plains, Briarcliff and Cortlandt Manor, among other crimes.

Karriem Barrow, 39, of the Bronx, was convicted this week of one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, seven counts of armed bank robbery and eight counts of using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District.

"Barrow's violent crimes affected not only the victims who were there during the robberies, but brought fear to thousands of residents of several communities," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a written statement. "This case stands as a shining example of how justice can be achieved through the collective action of federal, state and local law enforcement." Bharara announced the convictions after a jury found Barrow guilty following a nine day trial in the federal court in White Plains

Bharara said Barrow and an accomplice, Carl Farrington, who pleaded guilty in June, 2010, went on a two month spree that began in January 2010 with an armed robbery of a Bronx Chinese restaurant.

On January 21, the duo robbed $4,500 from Key Bank in Cortlandt Manor and on January 25, $115,500 from Chase Bank in Briarcliff Manor, the record showed.

On February 22, the pair stole $3,000 from the Hudson City Savings Bank in White Plains. On that same day the duo traveled to a Chase bank in Bronxville where they stole $48,000. On March 5, 2010 the pair stole $13,000 from TD Bank in White Plains. They returned to Bronxville on March 15 to Capital One Bank where they stole $1,027.

Their final bank job netted $2,800 from a TD Bank in Mahopac on March 16, records showed.

Barrow will be sentenced in April, 2012.

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