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Missouri man pleads guilty to robbing Smithton bank

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in connection to the robbery of a Smithton bank.

According to federal court records, Jonathon M. Ford, 38, of Fenton, admitted Tuesday to robbing the Regions Bank branch at 406 N. Main St. on March 19.

Prosecutors said Ford, wearing a mask over his face, walked into the bank and approached a teller. He pointed a BB gun at the employee and said, “I need all your money.” The teller gave Ford $3,872 in cash and he fled.

Police responding to the 911 call initially ordered children and staff at two schools and two daycare centers in Smithton to keep everyone inside while they searched for Ford. Those orders were lifted when police learned Ford left town following the robbery.

When Ford was captured a short time later near Columbia, authorities said he had all the stolen money in his possession.

Sentencing in the case has been set for Sept. 29 at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis. Ford could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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