Silva indicted for bank job in California

Convicted bank robber Edward Jay Silva was indicted Friday for the June 2005 heist of a PremierWest branch in Dorris, Calif.

Silva, 31, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Victorville, Calif., for robbing the Washington Mutual Bank branch in Gold Hill on Sept. 7, 2005. In addition, Silva was ordered to pay $123,359 in compensation for the robbery.

Silva will be transported to Sacramento to be arraigned on the latest robbery charge, according to California Department of Justice officials.

The maximum penalty for bank robbery in California is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Silva was responsible for a wave of bank robberies that kept police busy during the summer of 2005. He and his accomplice, Thomas Ray Taylor, 36, robbed three Medford banks during their crime spree. They also robbed a Purple Parrot and the Trophy Club tavern in Medford, police said.

The duo told police they used pellet guns to gain the compliance of bank tellers and customers during the robberies. There were no injuries reported during the heists.

Taylor is awaiting sentencing for his part in the series of robberies, court records show.

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