BENTON — A federal jury in Benton found a Shiloh man guilty of robbing the same Belleville gas station on two separate occasions.
21-year-old Michael Jackson III was convicted on two counts of Interference with commerce by robber and one count of use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
Evidence showed that Jackson entered the Midwest Petroleum store located at 1551 Hartman Lane on December 21 of 2011 brandishing a knife and demanding money. His face was covered by a mask and after fleeing the location, Jackson discarded the ski mask in an adjacent field.
On March 13 of 2014, Jackson entered the same store, this time with a firearm, and demanded money in cigarettes.
He once again fled on foot and discarded the mask in the same field. Shiloh Police recovered the masks in both instances.
After listening to surveillance videos, investigators believed the robber was Jackson based upon his voice.
The discarded masks were sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory, and Jackson’s DNA was found on both masks. Sentencing in Jackson’s case has been scheduled for January 24.