ROCKFORD, Ill. – A Illinois the man was convicted of robbing two banks last year.
Demontrion Deshan Phillips, 28, stole $5,930 in a robbery at Midland States Bank, located at 1700 N. Alpine Rd in Rockford, on April 7, 2021. Phillips also stole $4,408 in a robbery at Midland States Bank, located at 600 S. State S. in Belvidere on May 3, 2021.
A federal jury on Thursday found Phillips guilty on both counts of bank robbery.
Prosecutors presented evidence at trial showing that Phillips entered the banks posing as a customer. After handing a deposit receipt to the cashier, Phillips announced a robbery and demanded money.
At the Belvidere location, Phillips threatened a cashier with, “Don’t make me come to the counter,” after the cashier failed to give Phillips all the money he asked for.
Three days after the Rockford robbery, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his Rockford residence and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock.
Phillips committed these robberies while on probation from the court following a previous federal conviction for robbing two Rockford banks in 2017.
He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $500,000, plus restitution.
Phillips will be sentenced on March 16, 2023.