Bank robber who used bicycle to leave scene sentenced

MARION, IL (KFVS) - MARION, IL (KFVS) - A Marion man was arrested after trying to get away on a bicycle after robbing a bank in December was sentenced 12 years behind bars, according to Williamson County Assistant State's Attorney Jimmy Dean.

James Terrell "JT" Bateman of Marion was accused of robbing the MidCountry Bank at 1702 W. Boulevard at 10:54 a.m. on December 3, 2012.

Police say a male wearing a ski mask entered the bank and showed a gun.

A few minutes later, the suspect was spotted on a bicycle about one mile east of the bank.

Police say the suspect abandoned the bicycle and tried to run.

He was arrested by Marion Police officers and Williamson County Sheriff's deputies in the 200 block of E. Charles Street.

Police recovered and undisclosed amount of money.

The Marion Police Department's K-9 unit found the suspect's gun that he discarded during the foot pursuit in the 800 block of N. Madison Street.

All of the $10,000 plus in cash taken during the robbery was recovered.

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