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Man in prison for one bank robbery now sentenced in second

From Illinois Business Journal news services

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS – A local man sentenced in an earlier bank robbery has had a second sentenced tacked on for the robbery of the Regions Bank in Granite City.

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that George E. Haberhehl, Jr., 51, of Fairview Heights, was sentenced Thursday in federal district court in East St. Louis, for the crime of bank robbery. He received 125 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and restitution of $3400.

On Aug. 9, 2013, Habermehl approached a teller in Regions Bank, Granite City, giving her a note that read: “I want 35 $100 bills in a bank envelope. Don’t hit the alarm or give me bait money or I will shoot.” In response, the teller gave Habermehl $3400.

Habermehl was arrested 11 days later in a bar in St. Louis County, after robbing the Pulaski Bank in Richmond Heights, Mo., of $2,897. Habermehl admitted to robbing both banks.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in St. Louis County for the Pulaski Bank robbery on June 23, 2014.

The judge in the latest federal case imposed the 125-month sentence to run 65 months concurrent with the St. Louis County sentence, and 60 months consecutive to the St. Louis County sentence – meaning five additional years in prison.

The case was investigated by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

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