Williamsburg couple sentenced in 'Bad Hair Bandit' robberies

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A Williamsburg couple was sentenced Thursday for robbing numerous banks in Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, according to a news release from Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Jason Fox, 32, also known as "The Bad Hair Bandit," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove to 20 years in prison for seven counts of bank robbery and armed bank robbery.

Tasha Fox, 28, was sentenced to 10 years for aiding and abetting in several of those robberies.

After their prison terms are completed, both defendants will be on supervised release for five years.

Judge Van Tatenhove also ordered Jason Fox to pay $80,028.30 in restitution; Tasha Fox is jointly and severally responsible for $57,956.88 of that restitution amount.

In a guilty plea earlier this year, Jason Fox admitted that, in 2011, he robbed a total of seven banks in Barbourville, Corbin, Pine Knot and Williamsburg, Ky., plus Jellico and LaFollette, Tenn.

In five of those robberies, he possessed a semi-automatic handgun; Fox sometimes brandished or pointed the gun at bank tellers as he demanded money. In four bank robberies, Tasha Fox drove the getaway car.

Under federal law, both defendants will have to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.