“Goat-Man Bandit” in three Auburn bank robberies sentenced to prison

By: Journal Staff Report
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The man responsible for three Auburn bank robberies and a string of six others in the area from late 2008 to early 2009 has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison. John Raymond Porter, 42, of Sacramento, was dubbed the “Goat-Man Bandit” by FBI investigators after tellers in some robberies described the perpetrator as a man wearing a goatee. The Auburn robberies happened Oct. 23, 2008 at the U.S. Bank’s High Street branch, Dec. 13, 2008, at the U.S. Banks’ Grass Valley Highway location and Dec. 23, 2008, at the High Street Bank of America. Two other robberies occurred at Roseville banks, three were in Citrus Heights, one was in Cameron Park and another was at an El Dorado Hills bank. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller sentenced Porter on Thursday in Sacramento to eight years and four months in prison. Porter was convicted of four robbery counts but admitted to committing the nine robberies. An FBI statement said Porter agreed to pay restitution for the total losses suffered by the banks he held up. The amount will be determined at a restitution hearing scheduled for July 21. – Gus Thomson