Bank robber pleads guilty
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Pemiscot County bank robbery will net a Tennessee man prison time.
Paul Stacy Denton, 33, of Memphis entered guilty pleas Monday in federal court to charges of bank robbery and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
On June 19, 2003, Denton and Dariess Harris entered the First State Community Bank of Hayti and demanded money at gunpoint. The pair took $5,813 from the bank.
Police immediately gave chase and pursued the two into Tennessee, where they eventually surrendered to authorities in Dyer County. The money was recovered.
Denton faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the robbery and a consecutive term of not less than seven years for possessing and brandishing the firearm. He will be sentenced July 27.
Participating in the investigation were the Hayti Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Several cases involving drug-related cases involving area residents were heard in federal court Monday.
Veril Roy Wolff, 30, pleaded guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base.
On Oct. 17, a state search warrant was executed at Wolff's residence on William Street in Sikeston where authorities located the drugs and ammunition. Wolff had previously been convicted of other charges. He now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the ammunition charge and 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine for the drug charge. He will be sentenced July 27.
Two Charleston men entered guilty pleas to separate charges of distributing cocaine base when they appeared before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber.
Keith J. Browning, 40, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.
On July 1, 2002, and again on July 11, 2002, Browning sold more than five grams of crack to an undercover officer in Charleston. Because of a prior conviction he now faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $4 million on each count.
Mario Evans, 24, also pleaded guilty to two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base. On Nov. 5, 2002, and Dec. 2, 2002, Evans sold more than five grams of crack to an undercover officer in Charleston. He now faces a punishment of five years to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine on each count.
Participating in these investigations were the Drug Enforcement Administration, Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Browning and Evans will be sentenced July 27.