Mississippi man pleads guilty to bank robbery in his home state


OXFORD, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing a bank in the state’s northeast.

Jasper Michael Wagner, 56, of Tupelo entered a plea before U.S. District Court Judge Sharion Aycock on Tuesday, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Aycock has scheduled a sentencing hearing for November 1. Wagner faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The robbery took place at the Community Bank in downtown Tupelo on April 6. Wagner walked into the bank and handed the clerk a note telling him to give her $5,000. He left the bank with the money and was apprehended in a hotel room in Leeds, Alabama about four hours later.

Tupelo Police and the FBI investigated the case with the assistance of the Leeds Police Department.

“The FBI will continue to work with our state and local partners to ensure that dangerous repeat offenders, such as Mr. Wagner, are brought to justice,” FBI Special Agent Jermicha Fomby said in a press release.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, Wagner had previously been convicted of seven bank robberies in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2002, as well as three counts of bank robbery in the Northern District of Mississippi in 2013. .

A lawyer for Wagner could not immediately be reached for comment.

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