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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MAN GETS 19 YEARS FOR BANK ROBBERIES

(08/01/18)AP

A federal judge has handed a 38-year-old man a 19-year prison sentence for two bank robberies in southern Illinois.

Prosecutors say Marcus J. Thornton, of Edwardsville, entered a bank in Lebanon on October 13th, 2016, demanded money and made off with more than $13,000. They say he wielded a semi-automatic handgun in a February 9th, 2017, bank robbery in O'Fallon, fleeing with around $10,000.

A press release from the FBI on Monday says Thornton pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. A U.S. district judge imposed the sentence on Friday.

After his release from prison, Thornton also faces a five-year term of supervised release.