METAIRIE, La. - The man dubbed the 'Paw-Paw' bandit admitted to robbing five banks in Jefferson Parish in the summer of 2011 and was sentenced to four years in prison by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.
The sentence will be followed by three years of supervised probation.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Michael W. Lewallen, 58, of Metairie was sentenced for his role in the August 5, 2011 robbery of the Whitney National Bank at 4845 Veterans Blvd.
In connection with the plea on that robbery, Lewallen admitted that he had robbed four other banks in the preceding weeks: 1) the Whitney National Bank at 2609 Veterans Memorial Boulevard on June 10, 2011, 2) the Capitol One Bank at 1501 Veterans Memorial Boulevard on June 24, 2011, 3) the Whitney National Bank at 3060 North Causeway Boulevard on July 8, 2011, and 4) the Capitol One Bank at 2200 North Causeway Boulevard on July 16, 2011.
Following the August robbery, the FBI, along with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office located Lewallen in a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle used by the robber in that case. Deputies said Lewallen was found in possession of clothing worn during the bank robbery, along with large amounts of cash in the same denominations turned over during the bank robbery.