Marcus J. Thornton, 38, of Edwardsville, was sentenced in federal court Friday to 19 years in prison for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft said the sentence includes a five-year term of supervised release immediately following Thornton’s imprisonment. Thornton pleaded guilty to the charges on March 22 and April 27 of this year.
Documents indicate that Thornton on Oct. 13, 2016, entered the Regions Bank at 107 E. Schuetz St., Lebanon, Ill., and demanded money from bank tellers. He took a total of $13,710.90 in cash 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 to Thornton, who put the cash into a white plastic bag and fled in a vehicle.
The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois State Police, and Lebanon and O’Fallon Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel T. Kapsak and James G. Piper Jr.