A Philadelphia man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison for robbing eight banks in Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
Jamal Solomon's attorney, Jeremy Ibrahim, said in federal court that a mental breakdown had led the married father of three to rob banks. The attorney said Solomon, 34, had given all of the stolen $200,000 to people who needed it.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zittlau said Solomon was no Robin Hood. He called him a criminal "who terrorized these bank employees by putting guns in their faces."
Federal authorities say Solomon, who read letters of apology in court, was involved in five bank robberies in Montgomery County and three in Delaware County between October 2004 and February 2007.