Man pleads guilty to robbing Fairbanks restaurant

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man serving a 12-year federal sentence for bank robbery faces additional time in prison on state charges.

Nicholas Singleton, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing a Subway restaurant in December.

Under a plea agreement, he will be sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Robert Downes set formal sentencing for Aug. 3.

Authorities said Singleton threatened a Subway clerk with a revolver, demanded money and fled.

Fairbanks police arrested Singleton several weeks later after he robbed the College Road branch of Key Bank.

Singleton pleaded guilty to the bank robbery earlier this year.

He told authorities he had trouble finding construction work in his native Florida and came to Alaska looking for work. When he was unable to find a job, he decided to turn to crime to support his two infant children, according to federal court filings.

Federal prosecutors called Singleton a "brute bent on taking whatever he wants from whomever he wants."

In early 2008, he was convicted of beating up his girlfriend at a Florida grocery store, and when bystanders attempted to stop the attack, setting her car on fire

He received a suspended sentence but could face extradition to resolve that case.

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