Man gets 12 years for metro-east armed robberies

News-DemocratOctober 31, 2013 

A St. Louis man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for the robberies of two metro-east financial institutions.

Walter W. Wallace Jr., 26, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison. He was convicted of armed bank robbery at the First Collinsville Bank in Caseyville and interference with commerce by armed robbery at Advance America in Granite City.

The court ordered 99 months of the sentence to run consecutively to a 141 month sentence imposed in the Eastern District of Missouri for a bank robbery Wallace committed there, so Wallace will serve a total sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the robbery spree that began March 1, 2011, and ended April 30, 2011, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton.

Following release from prison, Wallace will serve three years supervised release. He also was ordered to make restitution for the amount stolen, pay a fine and pay a $200 special assessment.

Wallace pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 2. He has been in custody since May 3, 2011.

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