Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 6, 2013

Robbery trial is headed for federal court

ALTAMONT — Two individuals accused of robbing People’s Bank and Trust in Altamont now face federal charges.

Altonio Graves, 37, of Florissant, Mo., and Annalise McGhee, 36, of St. Louis, now face one federal count of bank robbery and aiding and abetting. The new charges came about as People’s Bank and Trust’s deposits are federally insured.

McGhee and Graves were originally jailed on aggravated robbery charges. They had also been accused of robbing a credit union in Alton earlier in the year. The two were arrested after the Feb. 26 robbery in a high speed chase on I-70. Both remain jailed locally on $500,000 bond.

According to the federal charges, People’s Bank and Trust suffered a loss of more than $7,300 from the robbery.

Graves and McGhee, who were scheduled for further trials in Effingham County, will now appear in federal court, according to Effingham County State’s Attorney Brian Kibler.

“It was set for trial but since it’s more efficient for it to be done federally, we’re going to let them go,” he said.

A federal trial could lead to more serious sentences for both McGhee and Graves if convicted. According to Kibler, federal inmates must typically serve 85 percent of their sentences while most state convicts only serve 50 percent of their sentencing.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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