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NEWMARKETThe Vaulter Bandit believed to be Canada most prolific bank robber was hit with a 15 year prison sentence Tuesday.

Jeffrey James Shuman, who was flown back to the GTA from Europe in 2015, was also slapped with a $500,000 restitution order stemming from seven gunpoint heists. He pleaded guilty to the seven robberies three weeks ago.

The 55 year old French American national executed well planned robberies to a relatively luxurious lifestyle, said Justice Cynthia Johnston. He bought an $11,000 Rolex watch from Yorkdale Mall and had 100,000 Euros in cash at his apartment when he was busted.

Shuman has a lengthy history of bank robberies south of the border, where he was dubbed the Reebok Bandit, long before surfacing in Canada.

Shuman was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1995 for leaping over counters while wearing the iconic running shoes during 14 armed robberies in a seven month period in Florida and Tennessee.

But in March 2004, he sprinted to freedom after one trip to his parole supervisor and migrated north.

Shuman vanished for six years and came to Canada for one purpose: To rob banks, starting in 2010.

Toward the end of the robbery spree, The Vaulter switched from hurdling counters to takeover style heists, striking first thing in the morning by abducting employees at gunpoint and then locking them in the bank vault.

Shuman terrified one Toronto bank teller, Donna Richards, who was forced along with her colleague to turn around at gunpoint and face a wall, during a TD bank robbery on May 5, 2014.

images imprinted in my mind of watching a colleague turn white and pale with absolute fear, or thinking that when he had us turn around and face the wall that I could die, wrote Richards in her victim impact statement.

was unable to sleep properly for months, noted Johnston.

Crown prosecutor Melissa Montemurro wanted 17 years for the serial bandit while defence lawyer Stephen Proudlove asked for 10 years. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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