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Man who robbed businesses here says California job was his, too

A 31-year-old Medford man already serving time for a string of local robberies has pleaded guilty to robbing a Siskiyou County bank.

California prosecutors said Edward Jay Silva admitted that he and a partner stole more than $61,000 from the PremierWest Bank in Dorris, Calif., during a June 2005 holdup.

Silva has already been sentenced to prison for a series of bank robberies in Oregon and faces nearly 33 years in prison for the California and Oregon thefts.

He is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Victorville, Calif., for robbing Washington Mutual Bank in Gold Hill on Sept. 7, 2005. Silva was ordered to pay $123,359 in compensation for that robbery.

With an accomplice, he also was responsible for two other Southern Oregon bank robberies that summer and the robbery of a Purple Parrot gaming parlor and the Trophy Club tavern in Medford, police said.

— Sanne Specht