Missouri Residents Charged with Bank Robbery
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 21, 2014|
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 21, 2014, Darren E. Everett, 43, and Mackenzie A. Leonard, 28, residents of Chesterfield, Missouri, who were dating at the time of the commission of the alleged offense, were arraigned on an indictment charging them with bank robbery. Both defendants were ordered detained, that is, held without bond, pending trial, which is scheduled for May 5, 2014, in federal court in East St. Louis, Illinois.
The indictment charges that, on February 4, 2013, both defendants robbed Commerce Bank in Monroe County of approximately $1,782. If convicted, both defendants face a term of imprisonment of not more than 20 years, a fine up to $250,000, or both; a term of supervised release of not more than three years; and a $100 special assessment.
An indictment is merely the method by which federal charges are lodged. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Columbia, Illinois Police Department; the Illinois State Police; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.