7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber

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Updated: 8/20/2014 2:15 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of robbing several San Francisco Bay Area banks to seven years in prison.

The Oakland Tribune reports that James Page was facing up to 20 years in prison during Tuesday's hearing, but Judge Jeffrey White handed down a lighter sentence in part because of Page's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake made by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional time in prison.

Page won the World Boxing Association welterweight title in 1998. He later lost his title and was sentenced to 11 years in prison following his arrest in 2001 on suspicion of robbing a bank in Atlanta. He attempted an unsuccessful comeback after his release.

Prosecutors say Page robbed six East Bay banks of more than $20,000 last year.

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