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Former bodybuilder pleads guilty to robbing banks, blames drug addiction for crimes

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man who led police on a high-speed chase through two states after robbing two banks was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Brent Woodall, 29, pleaded guilty to charges of first and second degree robbery, attempt to elude, and hit-and-run resulting in injuries.

The former personal trainer, who competed in bodybuilding competitions, apologized for his actions and said drug addiction was behind his crimes.

He said spending nine months in jail has allowed him to get sober and learn an important lesson.

"Only now can I truly see how this situation has given me a new life and enabled me to discover happiness without the use of drugs," he said. "Now I will live my life right."

Woodall robbed two Vancouver-area banks June 20 and led deputies on a high-speed chase as he attempted to get away.

In an attempt to evade capture, Woodall tried to carjack someone at a gas station, then stole another car a few blocks away.

He drove that car to Portland, where officers caught up with him as he tried to dump the car and take someone's minivan.

In court, Woodall said he was glad no one was seriously injured that day.

He was sentenced to nine years, eight months in prison. He will get credit for time served.

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