Edwardsville man pleads guilty to two bank robberies

EAST ST. LOUIS — An Edwardsville man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of bank robbery.

scalesofjusticelogoMarcus J. Thornton, 37, entered the plea in federal district court in East St. Louis, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce. Thornton faces a prison term of up to 40 years, a fine of up to $500,000, a minimum of five years of supervised release after his prison term, and an amount of restitution that is yet to be determined.

Court proceedings revealed that on Oct. 13, 2016, Thornton entered the Regions Bank located at 107 E. Schuetz St., Lebanon, Ill., brandished a silver and black semi-automatic handgun, and demanded money from bank tellers. Thornton took a total of $13,710.90 in United States currency before fleeing in a vehicle.

On Feb. 9, 2017, Thornton entered the U.S. Bank located at 400 S. Lincoln Ave., O’Fallon, Ill., brandished a silver and black semi-automatic handgun, and demanded money from bank tellers. Bank tellers gave $10,720 in cash to Thornton, who then put the currency into a white plastic bag, and fled in a vehicle.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel T. Kapsak and James G. Piper Jr.

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