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Missouri man pleads guilty to southern Illinois bank holdup

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois — A Missouri man faces up to two decades in federal prison now that he has admitted in court that he robbed a southern Illinois bank.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jonathon Ford of the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri, pleaded guilty Tuesday in East St. Louis to a felony count of bank robbery.

Authorities say Ford used a BB gun in robbing a Regions Bank branch in Smithton on March 19. Ford was arrested a short time later, and the nearly $3,900 taken during the heist was recovered.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29.

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