A Whitakers man was sentenced last week to serve 78 months in prison for his part in a bank robbery and the robbery of a Family Dollar Store that occurred in towns in eastern North Carolina.

According to court documents, Christopher Bryan Shingleton, 43, pled guilty to robbing the First Bank in Morehead City on June 6, 2019, and robbing the Family Dollar in Havelock on June 15, 2019, a statement released Thursday from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina said.

Though Shingleton was indicted on four counts, he pled guilty to two counts and was sentenced to 78 months on each count to be served concurrently.

Media accounts published at the time of his arrest identified Shingleton as a Swansboro resident. However, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court confirmed that he had a Whitakers address at the time of the indictment.

During both robberies, Shingleton threatened employees by saying he had a gun and demanded money.

According to state law, a person can be charged with armed robbery if they have a weapon in their possession or even if they threaten the use of any firearm or other dangerous weapon.

As part of the sentence, Shingleton also agreed to pay restitution for two other robberies that he had committed in Jacksonville and Greenville. Further research into court documents revealed that he is required to pay $3,453 to First Bank, $1,244 to First Citizens Bank and $213.88 to two separate Family Dollar Stores.

The court also recommended that Shingleton be placed in the “most intensive drug treatment” and undergo a mental health assessment and treatment as part of his sentence.