Friday, February 23, 2001

Bearded man admits holdups

Earlier claimed mistaken identity

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Some eyewitnesses were wrong last year when they picked James Scarboro out of a photo lineup as a Cincinnati bank robber.

        But the witnesses who got it right were convincing enough to send Mr. Scarboro to prison for three years.

        The Mount Washington man pleaded guilty to four bank robberies Thursday after prosecutors agreed to drop charges involving a fifth robbery.

        The case stirred up an old debate over the reliability of eyewitness identification because Mr. Scarboro had claimed police arrested the wrong man.

        He said he could not have done any of the robberies because he had a beard at the same time witnesses reported seeing a clean-shaven robber.

        Prosecutors acknowledged Thursday that Mr. Scarboro was wrongly accused of one robbery, but not all of them.

        He decided to plead guilty when prosecutors dropped one charge and offered him a sentence of three years on the other four charges. As part of the deal, he also admitted to another bank robbery for which he had not been charged.

        If not for the plea deal, Mr. Scarboro, 39, could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

        “I think everyone's glad this worked out the way it did,” said Mr. Scarboro's lawyer, Timothy Cutcher.


Nursing homes fighting to keep funds
Heart transplant program might stop
Home's sweet in Norwood
Blackwell ponders job offer
Family learns letter signed by Washington a real steal
Light rail called boon to economy
RADEL: Sky-high fares Maybe it's time for a new airport
WELLS: Child support
- Bearded man admits holdups
Cinergy teams up in anti-pollution effort
Agents swoop down on Covington
Covington faces drug trade
Task force formed to battle illicit 'Oxy' trade
AIDS agency's donations seized
Bill would require hearing before sewer rates go up
Environmentalists, Chabot in league
Farm tradition alive
Five Lakota school buses in accidents
Giving up nudity for Lent? Ky. touts dry T-shirt contest
'Hero' inspires runner
In case of emergency, county will call you
3 locals accused of gun running
Lucas pushes Rx drug benefits
New tower to aid police
Runway study is in the mail
Students need not redo work
Teen faces lengthy prison term for slaying
Tobacco growers vote to keep quota system
Wrong checks add to agency's support payment troubles
Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report