ALBANY, Ga. — Eric Colbert pleaded guilty to the Nov. 18, 2011, armed robbery of First State Bank, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
In the written release, Michael J. Moore, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is reported to have announced Colbert’s plea of guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Colbert entered the plea on Friday before United States District Judge Louis Sands in Albany.
As a part of his pleas, Colbert admitted that on the morning of Nov. 18, 2011, he entered First State Bank in Albany, fired a shot into the ceiling and shouted “This is a robbery,” the release stated. Colbert was said to have admitted firing an additional shot at an Albany police officer who was in the bank, then firing several shots behind him as (Colbert) fled the scene. Colbert was apprehended shortly after the robbery attempt.
According to the release, Colbert faces a possible 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both for the count of robbery, and a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years (up to life), plus a possible $250,000 fine for the firearm count.