An Edwardsville man has pleaded guilty to using a gun during a bank robbery, while on parole from another bank robbery.
Marcus Thornton, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He had already pleaded guilty in March to two bank robberies, but this plea was specifically on the charge of using a gun in the robbery.
Thornton robbed Regions Bank in Lebanon on Oct. 13, 2016, and escaped with $13,710. Then on Feb. 9, 2017, he robbed a U.S. Bank in O’Fallon and escaped with $10,720. At that robbery, he used a silver and black semi-automatic handgun, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Thornton had previously been convicted of bank robbery in 2009 in Mississippi, and was on supervised release at the time of both robberies.
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Thornton faces from seven years to life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $750,000 and five more years on parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.