TAMPA — James Bruce, the 74-year-old grandfather accused of robbing three South Tampa banks this year, is expected to take a plea deal next Monday in lieu of his scheduled trial.
Bruce, who walks with a slow shuffle and needs help carrying the pots he sells at his West Shore Boulevard garden store, demanded $600 from each bank, police said.
He told detectives he didn't want to hurt anyone and needed the money to pay bills. Family members told them they worried about his memory.
Attorneys on both sides of Bruce's case told Hillsborough Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian on Tuesday that the case would not go to trial as scheduled next week and that it would be resolved with a deal.
Bruce faces three bank robbery charges, all second-degree felonies.
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