An Illinois man was convicted last week of robbing two banks last year, burglaries that were committed while he was on probation for committing two other bank robberies, the authorities said. authorities.
Demontrion Deshan Phillips, 28, robbed $5,930 on April 27, 2021, from Midland States Bank in Rockford, and another $4,408 in a robbery from Midland States Bank in Belvidere weeks later, a announced Tuesday the Ministry of Justice.
He was found guilty of four counts of bank robbery after a four-day trial.
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Federal prosecutors said Phillips posed as a client and gave tellers a deposit slip and announced he was robbing the bank.
During the Belvidere robbery, he threatened a cashier, saying, “Don’t make me come to the counter,” after he didn’t receive as much money as he asked for, prosecutors said.
Three days after that robbery, law enforcement searched his Rockford home and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock.
The money included numerous banknotes identified by serial numbers as having been stolen from banks during the two robberies, authorities said.
The robberies were committed while Phillips was on probation following a federal conviction for two bank robberies in 2017 in Rockford.
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He is expected to be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, in addition to court-ordered restitution.