Jury finds Phoenix man guilty in 3 bank robberies

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man faces life in prison after he was found guilty of robbing three Valley banks.

A federal jury found Stephen Ross Raboy, 59, guilty on three counts of armed bank robbery and one count of use of a firearm.

Evidence showed Raboy robbed three Phoenix-area banks between Feb. 12 and April 3, 2009. In each case, Raboy threatened tellers with a bomb, which forced the banks to be evacuated.

The Phoenix Police Department Bomb Squad was called to assist. The bombs were determined to be simulated explosive devices.

Raboy has two previous convictions for violent felonies and is subject to the federal three-strikes law, which mandates a life prison sentence for his latest convictions.

"This possible sentence of life in prison sends a clear message to other would-be bank robbers that our law enforcement partners will find them and we will prosecute them," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke.

Conviction for armed bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of 25 years, a $250,000 fine or both. Conviction for use of a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison, a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.