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2 men plead guilty to robbing West Frankfort bank

Chad L. Phelps (Source: Franklin County Jail) Chad L. Phelps (Source: Franklin County Jail)
Joshua S. Melvin (Source: Franklin County Jail) Joshua S. Melvin (Source: Franklin County Jail)
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) -

Two men pleaded guilty to robbing the Banterra Bank in West Frankfort.

Chad L. Phelps, and Joshua S. Melvin, both of West Frankfort pleaded guilty to robbing the bank on February 23.

Melvin pleaded guilty last week. Phelps pleaded guilty on Monday afternoon.

Both men have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Franklin County State's Attorney's Office.

The robbery happened around 12:30 p.m. on February 23 at Banterra Bank at 110 E. Oak St. in West Frankfort, according to West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp.

West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp says a bank employee called police reporting the robbery. Police say a note was left behind by the suspect that stated money was demanded and that the suspect had a gun.

West Frankfort Police searched a home at 109 S. Monroe Street and found money and clothing and shoes consistent with the clothing worn by the suspect during the robbery.

Police say both suspects told about their involvement in the robbery. Melvin is accused of being the one who entered the Banterra Bank.

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