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Robber sentenced to federal prison
by Brant Sappington
Jul 16, 2013 | 302 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OXFORD — An Alabama man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty in connection with a string of bank robberies in the region.

Brian Perry Jones of Toney, Ala., pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of bank robbery by force or violence for robberies of Renasant Bank offices in Iuka and Tupelo last fall.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and three years probation in a hearing held Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank.

Jones was originally indicted on four counts of bank robbery in connection with the robberies of the Renasant Bank offices in Iuka and Booneville and two different Renasant Bank branches in Tupelo. Under the plea agreement filed in federal court Jones pleaded guilty to the robbery of the Iuka bank and the Renasant Bank branch office on Veterans Boulevard in Tupelo and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other two counts in the indictment related to the Booneville bank and the second robbery in Tupelo at the conclusion of sentencing on the first two counts.

The crime spree began on Aug. 16, 2012, when Jones allegedly robbed the Renasant Bank office on Constitution Drive in Iuka. On Sept. 21 he struck the Renasant Bank office on Veterans Drive in Tupelo.

Less than two months later, the suspect allegedly robbed Renasant Bank’s main office in downtown Booneville on Nov.16.

The string of robberies came to an end three days later when he was arrested following the robbery of the Renasant Bank office on North Gloster Street in Tupelo near the Mall at Barnes Crossing. Jones was arrested on the Natchez Trace Parkway near the Alabama/Mississippi state line by deputies from the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Department who spotted a vehicle matching a description provided to law enforcement by a witness in Tupelo.

A similar method was used in all four robberies, entering the banks wearing a baseball cap pulled low over his eyes and passing a note to a teller demanding cash and then leaving on foot. No weapon was displayed in any of the cases.
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