Southern Illinois man found guilty of armed robbery

The Saline County, Illinois, state’s attorney says a Stonefort man was found guilty of armed robbery in the county’s circuit court Thursday. 

The state’s attorney’s office says armed robbery carries a sentence between six and 30 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The man, 43-year-old Jeffrey Scott Townsend, must be sentenced to an additional 15 years because he was armed with a gun when the robbery happened, upping the minimum term to 21 years in prison. 

Townsend will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence because of the Truth in Sentencing Act, the attorney’s office says. The robbery was of the First Southern Bank in Carrier Mills, Illinois, on Dec. 10, 2014. The attorney’s office says Townsend went in the bank, showed the tellers a note demanding money, pointed a loaded revolver at them, and produced plastic bags that they placed $7,877 in, and he left. 

The state’s attorney’s office says investigators learned of the robber’s identity when forensic scientists found fingerprints on a plastic bag left at the bank. The fingerprints were entered into AFIS and IAFIS databases, identifying Townsend. 

A sentencing date is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Nov. 18 in the Saline County Court. 

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