Two Cahokia residents who were indicted last week on federal charges in connection with a Belleville liquor store robbery could receive up to a life sentence if convicted.
Roderick L. Taylor, 22, and Charmonequette Reynolds, 21, were indicted on charges of interfering with commerce by robbery, which is a violation of the Hobbs Act, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with a robbery at Arena Liquor at 105 South Belt East on July 12.
On Thursday, Taylor and Reynolds were ordered to be held without bond until their trial on Nov. 25, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton.
Taylor and Reynolds were initially charged in state court.
As part of the effort to deter armed robberies in the region, this case in now being handled by the newly formed Metro East Armed Robbery Initiative.
If convicted of a violation of the Hobbs Act, the defendants each face a prison sentence of up to 20 years. If convicted of the firearm offense, the defendants face a minimum seven-year sentence and a maximum life sentence.