A St. Louis woman was sentenced Monday to 5.8 years in federal prison for her role driving a getaway vehicle in financial institution robberies in Alton and Altamont, Ill.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Annalise McGhee, 28, was sentenced in federal court on one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two counts of bank robbery 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 her prison sentence, McGhee will be on federal supervised release for three years. McGhee was ordered to pay $5,684 in restitution. She has been in custody since Feb. 26, 2013.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court establish that on Feb. 11, 2013, McGhee drove her male co-defendant, Altonio Graves, to the Laclede Community Credit Union in Alton to commit a robbery. Graves entered the credit union wearing a long black women’s wig, a black hat and a black trench coat to disguise his appearance. Graves told the teller he had a gun and 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 entered the getaway vehicle being driven by McGhee and the two fled the area and escaped capture.
On Feb. 26, 2013, McGhee drove Graves to the People’s Bank and Trust in Altamont to commit a robbery. Graves entered the bank wearing a long black women’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 entered the getaway vehicle being driven by McGhee and the two fled the area. Illinois State Police officers located the vehicle on the interstate and attempted a traffic stop. McGhee refused to stop and fled from officers at more than 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.
Altonio Graves, 39, of St. Louis, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced on April 17 to 10 years in prison for the two bank robberies.
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.