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Plaid Shirt Robber convicted for Luverne robbery

WORTHINGTON -- A man who became known as the "Plaid Shirt Robber" was convicted this week for robbing four Minnesota banks, including Minnwest Bank on East Main Street in Luverne.

Forty-year-old Joseph Paul Young of Missouri was found guilty Thursday of stealing approximately $4,350 from the Luverne bank on April 16, 2008.

Evidence presented at trial proved Young stole $7,410 from the Washington County Bank in Maplewood on Sept. 18, 2007, approximately $1,196 from the TCF Bank on Fridley on Sept. 25, 2007 and $1,400 from the U.S. Bank in Bloomington Jan. 26, 2008.

Young was sentenced to 20 years in prison in April 2010 after pleading guilty to robbing three banks in Charleston, W. Va.

He allegedly got away with about $50,000 from those three, plus an additional $11,322 from three South Dakota banks he robbed in 2007.

In November 2010, he was given an additional 15 year sentence for the South Dakota crimes, but some of that time will be concurrent with the West Virginia convictions.

Young faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each of the four Minnesota counts. A United States District Court judge will determine his sentence at a future hearing.

Young was commonly referred to as the plaid shirt robber because of the clothing he wore during bank robberies.