Spelling bee bandit prison bound

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BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts man will have a lot of time to work on his spelling skills.

He's the guy authorities call the "spelling bee bandit" because the robbery notes he's been passing to bank tellers in the Boston area have the same spelling mistake.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Jason Englen was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for four counts of bank robbery.

Authorities say he entered an Arlington bank on Oct. 31, 2016, approached a teller and handed over a note written on a deposit slip indicating a robbery was in progress, except robbery was spelled with just one "B."

Over the next few weeks, he robbed banks in Reading, Burlington and Peabody using notes with the same misspelling.

He was arrested in December 2016.