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Fairview Heights Man Sentenced To Over Ten Years In Prison For Robbery Of Regions Bank In Granite City

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

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that George E. Haberhehl, Jr., 51, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis, on April 9, 2015, for the crime of Bank Robbery, to 125 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and restitution of $3400. On August 9, 2013, Habermehl approached a teller in Regions Bank, Granite City, giving her a note that read: "I want 35 $100 bills in a bank envelope. Don’t hit the alarm or give me bait money or I will shoot." In response, the teller gave Habermehl $3400.

On August 20, 2013, Habermehl was arrested in a bar in St. Louis County, Missouri, after robbing the Pulaski Bank in Richmond Heights, Missouri, of $2897. Habermehl admitted to robbing both banks. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in St. Louis County for the Pulaski Bank robbery on June 23, 2014.

The judge in the federal case imposed the 125-month sentence to run 65 months concurrent with the St. Louis County sentence, and 60 months consecutive to the St. Louis County sentence.

The case was investigated by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

Updated April 10, 2015