NEWARK, N.J. — A man who robbed five banks during a six-week span last year has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.

Jermaine Mason, also known as Asim Harris, will also have to pay $16,429 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release under the sentence imposed Tuesday. The 40-year-old Newark man had pleaded guilty to the robberies earlier this year.

Mason received a 79-month sentence for the robberies, which occurred in Harrison, Jersey City, Kearny and Newark between Oct. 21 and Nov. 29. Federal prosecutors say that in each robbery, Mason either presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers or verbally demanded money.

At the time of his arrest, Mason was on federal supervised release for robbing several banks in 2006 and 2007.