Jury convicts man who says he robbed for CIA

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A Boise man who claims he robbed two banks
on behalf of the CIA has been convicted of two counts of felony

It took an Ada County jury only a few hours Friday to convict
49-year-old Faron (FARE-un) Hawkins of robbing two Boise banks in
2005 and 2006.

Hawkins defended himself during the trial. He told the jury he had trained at secret facility at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

He says he gave all proceeds from the two robberies _ estimated
at $30,000 _ to a mysterious operative who went by the name of

Police arrested Hawkins in August 2006 after a 12-hour armed
standoff at a campground near The Dalles, Oregon.

When police found him, he was in a trailer with his wife and
three young children.

Hawkins faces up to life in prison for the crimes.

He will be sentenced by 4th District Judge Michael McLaughlin
this spring.
(The Idaho Statesman)

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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