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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Ogle County Man Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Federal Prison for Bank Robbery

ROCKFORD — An Ogle County man was sentenced today to nearly four years in federal prison for robbing a bank in Rochelle, Ill.

RODNEY BEESE, 64, of Rochelle, Ill., admitted in a plea agreement that on July 6, 2021, he entered Central Bank Illinois, 340 May Mart Dr., approached the teller counter, and presented a note demanding $20’s, $50’s, and $100’s from the drawer.  Beese received $100 in cash from the teller and then left the bank.

U.S. District Judge Iain D. Johnston imposed a 46-month prison sentence after a hearing in federal court in Rockford.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Ladd.

Updated April 19, 2022