EAST ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for two financial institution robberies, including a 2013 robbery in Alton.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Altonio G. Graves, 39, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on two counts of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, two counts of bank robbery and one count of felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Feb. 11, 2013, robbery of Laclede Community Credit Union in Alton and the Feb. 26, 2013, robbery of People’s Bank and Trust in Altamont, Ill. Following his prison sentence, Graves will be on federal supervised release for three years. Graves also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,684. Graves has been in custody since Feb. 26, 2013.
According to court documents, on Feb. 11, 2013, Graves entered the Alton credit union wearing a long black woman’s wig, a black hat and a black trenchcoat to disguise his appearance. Graves told the teller he had a gun, handed her a plastic grocery bag and a note demanding money. The teller placed $5,684 in the bag and Graves left the credit union with the money. Graves fled the area in a vehicle driven by his female co-defendant and was not immediately apprehended.
On Feb. 26, 2013, Graves entered the Altamont bank wearing a long black woman’s wig, a dark trench coat and a black hat with earflaps to disguise his appearance. Graves handed the teller a plastic grocery bag and a note which stated: “This is a robbery, I have a gun and I will use it.” The teller placed $7,390 in the bag and Graves left the bank with the money. Graves fled the area in a white Chrysler vehicle being driven by the same female co-defendant. Illinois State Police officers located the suspect vehicle on the interstate and attempted a traffic stop. The female driver refused to stop and fled from the officer in speeds in excess of 120 mph until she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. During a search of Graves and the vehicle, officers located the $7,390 in U.S. currency taken from the bank. Also during the search of the vehicle, officers recovered a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol behind the glove box. Graves was a previously convicted felon, having been convicted of the offense of second-degree murder in 1998.
The female co-defendant driver, Annalise McGee, 28, of St. Louis, has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting her sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Alton Police Department, Altamont Police Department, the Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers.