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Man says he robbed bank

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 convicted bank robber Edward Jay Silva admitted that he and a partner stole more than $61,000 from the PremierWest Bank in Dorris, Calif., during a holdup in 2005.

Silva already has 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.

Silva was indicted in July 2008 for the June 2005 PremierWest heist in Dorris. He is already serving a 25-year prison sentence in Victorville, Calif., for robbing the Washington Mutual branch in Gold Hill on Sept. 7, 2005. In addition, Silva was ordered to pay $123,359 in compensation for the robbery.

Silva was responsible for a wave of local bank robberies that kept police busy during the summer of 2005. He and his accomplice, Thomas Ray Taylor, 36, robbed three Medford banks during their crime spree. They also robbed a Purple Parrot and the Trophy Club tavern in Medford, police said.

The duo told police they used pellet guns to gain the compliance of bank tellers and customers during the robberies. There were no injuries reported during the heists.