An Illinois man robbed two banks while he was released under court supervision for two other bank robberies

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An Illinois man was found guilty last week of robbing two banks last year, robberies committed while under surveillance for committing two other bank robberies, authorities said.

Demontrion Deshan Phillips, 28, stole $5,930 from the Midland States Bank in Rockford on April 27, 2021, and another $4,408 weeks later in a robbery at the Midland States Bank in Belvidere, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

He was convicted of four counts of bank robbery after a four-day trial.

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A Midland States Bank in Rockford, Illinois. A man robbed two Midland bank branches in the city last year while released under court supervision following a federal conviction for two other bank robberies, authorities said.
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Federal prosecutors said Phillips posed as a customer and handed the cashiers a receipt and announced he was robbing the bank.

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In the Belvidere robbery, he threatened a cashier by saying, “Don’t make me come over the counter,” after not getting as much money as he demanded, prosecutors said.

Three days after that robbery, police searched his home in Rockford and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock.

The money included numerous bills identified by serial numbers as stolen from the banks during the two robberies, authorities said.

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The robberies were committed while Phillips was released under court supervision following a federal conviction for two 2017 Rockford bank robberies.

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He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2023. He faces up to 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines, in addition to a court-ordered restitution.

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