A Macon man was convicted Thursday of helping rob a bank of nearly $200,000.
Merkuri Stanback and two co-defendants walked into the Park Community Federal Credit Union on Riverside Drive on Dec. 28, 2007, brandishing firearms.
They restrained employees and ransacked the teller area. They took $198,439 from the bank vault, but they lost about $49,000 while fleeing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A tip to the FBI led authorities to a Main Street address, where they found most of the stolen money as well as the firearms and clothing used in the robbery. Stanback was arrested later in Pensacola, Fla.
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He was found guilty of armed bank robbery and weapons charges after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, according to G.F. Peterman III, the acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
One of the charges against Stanback carries a possible life sentence. He also could face 25 years for the bank robbery and a maximum of 10 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.