Missouri man pleads guilty to federal armed robbery of Smithton bank

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 38-year-old Missouri man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to the March armed robbery of an Illinois bank.

Jonathon M. Ford, of Fenton, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, to Bank Robbery, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton.

Ford is scheduled for sentencing on September 29, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at which time he faces a prison term of up to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than 3 years of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.

Court records show that on March 19, 2015, Ford entered Regions Bank in Smithton, Illinois, wearing a dark-colored hooded zip up jacket and black face mask.

Ford approached a bank teller, pointed a BB gun at the teller, and then stated, “I need all of your money.” The teller immediately removed $3,872 in United States currency from the drawer and handed it to Ford, who then fled from the bank. Shortly thereafter, Ford was captured by law enforcement officials and all of the stolen money was recovered.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.