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Man pleads guilty in Carrollton robbery

A Newport News man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a bank robbery in Carrollton that happened on May 18.

Russell Hudgins, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“Hudgins is a violent criminal who poses a danger to our communities and those in law enforcement trying to keep us safe,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “His significant criminal history includes grand larceny, hit and run, and now bank robbery. With the assistance of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, we are committed to removing violent criminals like Hudgins from our streets.”

According to court documents, Hudgins and his co-defendant, Roscoe Freeman, 33, conspired to rob banks, according to a Wednesday press release. On May 18, Hudgins entered Old Point National Bank in Carrollton wearing a fake tattoo sleeve and fake beard. He demanded all of the money in the teller’s drawer and left the bank with $1,629 and a GPS tracker.

Freeman served as the getaway driver, Wednesday’s press release alleges. Freeman entered a plea of not guilty on Oct. 31.

Hudgins was apprehended at his residence later that day after a vehicle pursuit.

Two days earlier, the two had committed a similar robbery at Citizens and Farmers Bank in Yorktown, court documents allege. Hudgins also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to that robbery.

Hudgins was convicted in 2007 of armed carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime on violence. He has also been previously convicted of grand larceny, contempt of court and hit and run.

He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years when sentenced on April 15.