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Man pleads guilty to robbing Dothan bank twice in 1 year

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A Florida man on Thursday pleaded guilty to robbing the same Dothan bank twice within a year.

James Daniel Toothman entered the plea in Montgomery federal court. Toothman admitted to robbing a Regions bank branch in January and December of 2011.

Authorities have said 44-year-old Toothman passed a note to a bank teller demanding money but was not armed during either robbery.

Florida state troopers told the Dothan Eagle in 2011 that Toothman led them on high speed chase after the second robbery before crashing his car.

Defense lawyer Stephen Ganter said Toothman suffered a brain injury during from the crash. A judge this summer found that Toothman was competent to stand trial. A federal judge will sentence Toothman later.

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