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‘The Shootist’ Bank Robber Sentenced to Nearly a Century in Prison

January 21, 1995

SEATTLE (AP) _ A serial bank robber dubbed ``The Shootist″ has been sentenced to 92 years in prison and ordered to pay back the loot: nearly $900,000.

The FBI claims that Johnny Madison Williams Jr., 43, robbed 56 banks over eight years in Texas, California and Washington. He was nicknmaned ``The Shootist″ because he fired shots into bank ceilings during heists.

His wife, Carolyn Marie Williams, also was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Police say she drove the getaway car and hid Williams in the trunk.

The couple was arrested last July at a Seattle-area motel, ending what the FBI said was its longest-running serial bank robbery case.

Agents recovered a diary Williams kept listing the dates, locations and amounts taken in each robbery. They began in 1986 in Plano, Texas, and ended in July in Kirkland, a Seattle suburb.

Both Williamses pleaded guilty in September to one count of armed robbery and one count of use of a firearm in a June 1991 heist in Washington. They also pleaded guilty to similar charges in Texas and California.

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