BENTON, IL -
The suspect in a recent deadly bank robbery has been charged with illegally possessing a firearm and ordered to be held without bond.
29-year-old Nathaniel Watts appeared in federal court on Friday, May 16th, and was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge comes from a Criminal Complaint that alleges Watts was illegally possessing a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol the day of the robbery.
The firearm was found in Watt's possession after he lead police on a high-speed chase through Cairo, Illinois after attempting to rob the First National Bank in Cairo.
During the attempted robbery, two employees were killed, and another was critically wounded.
After the proceeding, Watts waived his preliminary and detention hearings. He was then given back to the custody of the United States Marshal where he will be held without bond or the possibility of release.
Watts will remain in the Marshal's custody pending action by a Grand Jury.
If convicted of the firearm offense, Watts faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release to follow any term of incarceration imposed.
For more background on the May 16th robbery, click here.
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