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Central District of Illinois
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May 29, 2014

Urbana Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Bank Robberies

URBANA, IL—An Urbana, Illinois man, Willie B. Franklin, Jr., 38, has been ordered to serve 125 months (10 years, five months) in prison for robberies committed in December 2012 of four banks in central Illinois and one bank in southern Iowa. Yesterday, May 27, U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey further ordered that Franklin pay restitution in a total amount over $46,000.

According to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in mid-May, the U.S. Attorney’s Office received an anonymous letter with information that Franklin had received inheritance money. Upon investigation, authorities confirmed that Franklin had inherited money after his father died in March 2014. On May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey issued a court order that any inheritance Franklin received, up to the value of restitution owed, be turned over to the Clerk of the Court.

Franklin pled guilty on January 31, 2014, to committing five bank robberies in December 2012: on December 3, 2012, Main Source Bank, Kankakee County; on December 5, 2012, PNC Bank, Peoria County; on December 20, 2012, Homestar Bank and Financial Services, Kankakee County; on December 26, 2012, First Mid-Il Bank and Trust, Adams County; and on December 17, 2012, U.S. Bank in southern Iowa.

Franklin was arrested on January 28, 2013, in the Middle District of Florida and appeared in federal court in Tampa, Florida, prior to being transferred to the Central District of Illinois. Franklin has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Urbana Police Department, the Quincy Police Department, the Peoria Police Department, the Decatur Police Department, the Manteno Police Department, and the Iowa City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Bohm prosecuted the case.

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