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Joplin Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for bank robbery.

Vincent Gepson, 64, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

On June 29, 2023, Gepson pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

Gepson entered Great Southern Bank, 1232 S. Rangeline Road in Joplin, on May 9, 2022, and approached the teller counter. He told the teller he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller placed $1,000 in a plastic bag and Gepson left the bank. The Joplin Police Department posted surveillance photos on the department’s social media pages and requested the public’s assistance to identify the bank robber. Several members of the public identified Gepson.

Gepson was arrested on May 20, 2022, by the Acadia Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Department.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Joplin, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.

Updated March 7, 2024