Bank robbery suspect, escapee gets life in prison

RALEIGH Xavier Shaw was found guilty on Friday of two charges related to an armed robbery that took place in January of last year.

The 43-year-old has a violent and extensive criminal record dating back to the 1980s.

Surveillance video shows Shaw robbing one of several convenience stores in 2005. He got a plea deal for those crimes and went to prison for five years.

Then less than a month after his release from prison, surveillance cameras at a Brier Creek bank captured an armed robbery in progress.

On Friday, Shaw was found guilty of that crime. The judge also found him guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Shaw made headlines last July, after he climbed into the back of a garbage truck and escaped while working in Alexander County. He was eventually captured in Raleigh.

The judge also found Shaw to be a violent habitual felon that's why he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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