Ex-Phoenix policeman sentenced for bank robberies

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former policeman convicted of robbing five banks in the Phoenix metropolitan area in 2006 has been sentenced to nearly 46 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say Chad Michael Goulding was sentenced Friday to 45 years and nine months.

The 42-year-old Goulding was convicted Feb. 1 on 87 counts including 16 of armed robbery. He also was found guilty of 61 counts of kidnapping, five counts of aggravated assault and five counts of theft.

Goulding was arrested in December 2010 by the FBI on suspicion of robbing Bank of America branches in Mesa, Chandler, Glendale and Scottsdale between June and November 2006.

He was accused of stealing more than $133,000 combined in the heists.

After 13 years of service, Goulding resigned from the Phoenix Police Department in August 2005.