Cairo, IL man pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery of bank - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cairo, IL man pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery of bank

Otha Watkins III (Source: KFVS) Otha Watkins III (Source: KFVS)
BENTON, IL (KFVS) -

A Cairo, Illinois man has pleaded guilty to the attempted armed robbery of the First National Bank in Cairo in 2014.

Otha Don Watkins, III, 35, assisted James Nathanial Watts in the crime, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Watts had pleaded guilty to the attempted bank robbery and was sentenced in May 2017 to life in prison plus 10 years.

Two bank employees were killed and one seriously injured in the attempted robbery.

Watkins also pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI during the investigation of the attempted bank robbery, possessing a stolen firearm, and conspiring with Watts to commit robberies that interfered with interstate commerce.

Sentencing for Watkins was set for March 21.

The investigation, in this case, was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Illinois State Police with the assistance of numerous other law enforcement agencies in Illinois and Missouri.

He is already serving time in connection to the robbery of a McDonalds in Cape Girardeau in 2014. 

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:45:54 GMT
    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

  • Southeast Missouri State University 'Gum Tree' damaged

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:28:46 GMT
    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces.

    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces.

  • visitors-appreciate-extra-eyes-on-road-safety

    MO visitors appreciate extra eyes on road safety

    MO visitors appreciate extra eyes on road safety

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:23:32 GMT
    Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.
    Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.

    Most of the millions of Americans traveling for Memorial Day weekend are driving to their destination, but those driving through Missouri won't be alone. 

    Most of the millions of Americans traveling for Memorial Day weekend are driving to their destination, but those driving through Missouri won't be alone. 

Powered by Frankly