Machesney Park Man Charged in Federal Court with Armed Robberies
ROCKFORD — A Machesney Park man was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Rockford for the armed robberies of a convenience store and a bank.
DAVID M. BANEY, 32, was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of armed bank robbery, and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. According to the indictment, on Jan. 11, 2018, Baney used a semi-automatic pistol to rob Kelley’s Market/Mobil gas station on North Second Street in Machesney Park, of $170 in cash and two cartons of cigarettes. The indictment further alleges that on the same day Baney used a revolver to rob a Chase Bank on North Alpine Road in Loves Park, of $24,402.
Baney is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail on state charges related to the robbery of Kelley’s Market. He will appear in federal court in Rockford today at 10:00 a.m. for an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston.
Armed bank robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 25 years in prison, to be followed by up to five years of supervised release, while armed robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release. The first charge of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence carries a minimum consecutive sentence of seven years in prison, and the second charge of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence carries a minimum consecutive sentence of 25 years in prison. Each charge also carries a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines, and order the defendant to pay full restitution to Kelley’s Market/Mobile gas station and Chase Bank.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI-led Rockford Area Violent Gang Task Force consisting of law enforcement officers and agents from the FBI, Rockford Police Department, Loves Park Police Department, and Freeport Police Department. Officers from the Loves Park Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department participated in the investigation.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffrey Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff; and Chuck Lynde, Chief of the Loves Park Police Department.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. McKenzie.