'Bandanna Bandit' sentenced to life in prison

ALBANY, Ga. -- Faced with a confession allowed as evidence, Jerome William Lowe, known as the "Bandanna Bandit," pleaded guilty to nine armed robbery and aggravated assault charges Monday, said a court officer.

"He was sentenced to nine concurrent life sentences in prison," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty Judicial Circuit district attorney.

A preliminary hearing was held Friday on a defense motion that proposed a confession from Lowe, 29, should not be allowed because a deal was struck with the Albany Police Department to obtain it, Edwards said.

Dougherty Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall Monday ruled the confession was admissible as evidence, Edwards said.

"The court ruled there was no promise from police," Edwards said. "After the court ruled against him, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced."

Edwards said he had 25 witnesses and a mound of evidence to use in his case if Lowe had not pleaded to the 2008 robberies.

In each of the robberies, Lowe wore a bandanna over his face while demanding money from cashiers at businesses. When the money was handed over, he ran away.

The last robbery in Lowe's string came at Wash House, a coin laundry and check cashing business on the 300 block of South Slappey Boulevard. Lowe ran to his home on the 100 block of First Street.

Police moved on Lowe's residence, gathered evidence and arrested him on July 11, 2008. Police then linked him to the other robberies.

Lowe has been in Dougherty County Jail since his arrest, a jail spokeswoman said. He will be taken to a state prison to serve his sentence, she added.

Lowe served a sentence in Dooly State Prison from 1997 to 2002 for a Dougherty County robbery, according to court records.