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Rockford Man Sentenced To 85 Months In Federal Prison For Robbery Of BMO Harris Bank In Rockford

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

ROCKFORD — A Rockford, Ill. man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for robbing the BMO Harris Bank, N.A., 1275 Bennington Road, Rockford, Ill., on July 22, 2010. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala sentenced Drew Yancy, 33, to 85 months in federal prison for the robbery and ordered that Yancy serve 3 years on supervised release following his release from prison, and pay restitution of $5,905 to BMO Harris Bank. Yancy will not be eligible for parole.

Yancy pled guilty to the charge on April 5, 2013. According to the written plea agreement, on July 22, 2010, Prince Williams, 27, also of Rockford, drove Yancy to Harris Bank in a stolen car where they both entered the bank. Williams stood near the front door of the bank while Yancy approached the tellers and demanded money. Yancy admitted in the plea agreement that he told a teller to give him money or he would shoot and kill her. After obtaining $5,905 from the tellers, Williams and Yancy left the bank and fled in the stolen car.

Williams, who pled guilty on April 19, 2012, to his involvement in the bank robbery, will be sentenced at a future date.

The sentencing was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department; and Richard Meyers, Winnebago County Sheriff.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.

Updated July 23, 2015