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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ST. LOUIS MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Louis, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing a St. Joseph, Mo., bank.


            Marcus A. Weaver, 36, of St. Louis, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Weaver to pay $1,900 in restitution.


            On Feb. 6, 2007, Weaver pleaded guilty to stealing $1,900 from U.S. Bank, 800 N. Belt Hwy., in St. Joseph on Nov. 22, 2006. Weaver entered the bank at approximately 4:20 p.m. and gave a teller a note that read, “I have a gun. I will kill you. Give me all the money in your drawer. Don’t push the alarm, or I will kill you.” Weaver took back the note and the teller handed over the money from her drawer. No weapon was displayed.


             Bank surveillance equipment utilized digital video from two different cameras inside the bank. The photographs, which were of very good quality, appeared both on local television and in the newspaper. As a result, numerous tips were received by the St. Joseph Police Department’s Tip Hotline. A number of the tips identified the robber as Weaver.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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