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Honolulu's serial waddling bank robber to serve time in jail ... (again)

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's not his first time behind bars for bank robberies, but prosecutors are hoping it will be his last.

A man who admitted to committing 10 bank robberies in 2016 was sentenced to jail time earlier this month.

Under a plea deal, 64-year-old Wallace Silva Jr. confessed to stealing upwards of $32,000 from various banks in a robbing spree that stretched from August to December 2016.

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Silva to 188 months (roughly more than 15 and a half years) for four of the 10 robberies. Prosecutors didn't charge him for the other six robberies — instead he'll pay restitution to the banks. 

During the spree, he hit up branches of American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. He was identified by police as walking with a distinct waddle. 

Silva is no stranger to jail time for bank robberies, however. 

In 1997, the Department of Justice said he was sentenced to 112 months for one bank robbery. Just five days after completing that sentence in 2005, he robbed four more banks. 

In September 2007, a judge sentenced him to 151 months behind bars for those robberies. 

The DOJ said during his sentencing, Silva admitted he considered the robberies as, "going to work."

HPD investigators worked alongside FBI agents and the United State Marshals Service in the investigation.

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