Convicted murderer admits robbing teller at Bayview Credit Union

A 56-year-old man who has already served time in prison for a second-degree murder conviction in 1980 pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a teller, using a handgun, at the Bayview Credit Union on Loch Lomond Road in Saint John on Friday morning.

Michael David Graham of 120 Carleton Street will remain in provincial jail until his sentencing hearing April 25.

"He manned up," defence lawyer Rodney Macdonald said after Graham's brief court appearance.

Graham was charged with stealing from the teller as opposed to the bank.

Macdonald explained that when there's a bank robbery, with its implied violence, there is a human victim.

A victim impact statement is expected to be produced at the sentencing hearing, along with the facts of the case.

Saint John Police Sgt. Charles Breen said Graham is being questioned about a spate of other bank robberies in the city this past year.

According to Graham's court file, he has several prior convictions.

In 1979, he was convicted of assault in Dartmouth.

In 1980, he was convicted in Halifax of possession of narcotics.

That year, he was also convicted in Halifax of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for a minimum of 10 years.

And in 2003, in Dartmouth, he was convicted of assault with a weapon and theft under $5,000. It's not clear how much he stole from the credit union on Friday.