Bank Robbery Suspect May Face Life Term

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors in Northern California say a suspected serial bank robber shot by a sheriff's deputy could face life in prison.

Marin County Deputy District Attorney Geoff Iida said Thursday that Christopher Wootton of Larkspur could face life in prison under the state's three strikes law because he has prior convictions including kidnapping.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the 60-year-old Wootton did not enter a plea. He was assigned a public defender.

Wootton is accused of robbing a Novato bank on Dec. 11, leading authorities on a chase. He was shot after drawing a gun at a sheriff's deputy. Authorities say Wootton could be linked to at least 10 other bank robberies.

He is being held on $2 million bail and is due back in court Dec. 27.

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