Man convicted of 2007 bank robbery of nearly $200K

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.

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.