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The Madison man whose pattern of robbing banks proved predictable for police was sentenced to six years behind bars Wednesday.

Scottie Patterson, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery of a financial institution and one count of felony retail theft as part of an agreement that saw a raft of other charges — including two more bank robbery counts — dismissed.

Patterson robbed four banks in Madison and Middleton between December 2013 and March 2014, authorities said.

A Madison Police Department crime analyst studied Patterson’s robberies in March and was able to estimate when and where he would likely strike again. One of the possible targets was a Guaranty Bank branch inside Copps Food Center at 6800 Century Ave. in Middleton, on the afternoon of March 5.

Sure enough, Patterson robbed the bank that afternoon as Middleton police waited for him outside, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Judge Nicholas McNamara sentenced Patterson to five years in prison and seven years of extended supervision for the robberies.

McNamara also sentenced Patterson to one year of jail time for a charge of felony retail theft, which he pleaded guilty to on Wednesday as well.

The jail time will be served consecutive to the prison sentence, for a total of six years of incarceration.

Patterson’s lawyer, Dennis Burke, said the shoplifting and bank robberies were all done to support Patterson’s heroin addiction.

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Nico Savidge is the higher education reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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