Metro-east man pleads guilty to bank robbery, weapons charges

News-DemocratJanuary 29, 2014 

A metro-east man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to bank robbery and other charges.

Phillip D. Webb, 33, pleaded guilty to a four-count indictment charging him with armed bank robbery, use of a firearm during a violent crime, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Webb was accused of brandishing a handgun at two women who had stopped at a gas station in Madison in June 2011. Webb slipped into their car and forced them to drive to a nearby bank automated money machine and withdraw money from a bank account, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.

Webb is scheduled to be sentenced May 30. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the armed bank robbery charge, and not less than seven years and up to life in prison on the charge of using a firearm during a crime of violence. He also faces another 20 years in prison on the charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

In addition, Webb could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $1.75 million and five years supervised release.

U.S. Marshals arrested Webb about a month later when he fled from an apartment in Collinsville. At that time, he was in possession of two firearms, several bullets and 26 grams of crack cocaine, which he intended to distribute. Webb was previously convicted of second-degree murder in 2003, according to Wigginton.

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