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Man pleads guilty in two Metro East bank robberies


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EAST ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man pleaded guilty today to robbing US Bank locations inside two Schnucks grocery stores in Metro East earlier this year.

Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Marc G. Miller, 53, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging two counts of bank robbery.

For each count, Miller faces a term in federal prison of not more than 20 years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than five years. Miller will also be ordered to pay restitution to the financial institutions for their losses. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2016, in East St. Louis. Miller has been held without bond since his initial appearance in Illinois on July 10, 2015.

According to court documents, the charges arose when Miller aided and abetted a co-defendant when that person robbed two US Banks, located inside of Schnucks grocery stores in Edwardsville and Fairview Heights. The robbery of the US Bank in Edwardsville occurred on Jan. 28, 2015, while the robbery of the US Bank in Fairview Heights occurred on Feb. 10, 2015.

Miller allowed the codefendant to use Miller’s vehicle to commit the robberies, and rode with him, as a passenger, to both robberies. Miller would wait in the car during the robberies. Miller was located during the investigation of a bank robbery of a US Bank, located inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Peters, Mo. Miller provided a voluntary, videotaped statement in which he admitted his part in the robberies.

The case was investigated by the Edwardsville, Fairview Heights and St. Peters Police Departments, assisted by Metro-East Forensic Laboratory and the FBI. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.

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