EAST ST. LOUIS — A Fairview Heights man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for robbing a Granite City bank.
In a press release Friday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said George E. Habermehl Jr., 51, of Fairview Heights, was sentenced Thursday in federal court for bank robbery to 125 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment and restitution of $3,400. On Aug. 9, 2013, Habermehl approached a teller in Regions Bank, Granite City, giving her a note that read: “I want 35 $100 bills in a bank envelope. Don’t hit the alarm or give me bait money or I will shoot.” In response, the teller gave Habermehl $3,400.
On Aug. 20, 2013, Habermehl was arrested in a bar in St. Louis County after robbing the Pulaski Bank in Richmond Heights, Mo., of $2897. Habermehl admitted to robbing both banks. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in St. Louis County for the Pulaski Bank robbery on June 23.
The judge in the federal case imposed the 125-month sentence to run 65 months concurrently and 60 months consecutively with the St. Louis County sentence.
The case was investigated by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.