Valdosta Daily Times

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February 8, 2014

Prison for bank robbers

-- — Two men have received decades in prison in connection with the armed robbery of a Donalsonville bank, and court records indicate they were also involved in the 2013 robbery of an Adel bank and the planning of a Ray City bank robbery.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands sentenced Anthony Jerome Facon, 48, to 37 years in federal prison for armed bank robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence; in late January, Sands sentenced Tony Scott Key, 45, to 26 years in federal prison for two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, according to records from the U.S. Attorney Middle District of Georgia’s office.

The judge ordered both men to repay the stolen money, the costs to repair damage done to stolen vehicles as well as vehicles damaged in their arrest, and medical costs for people affected by the crimes.

In guilty pleas entered last fall, Facon and Key admitted to entering the PeoplesSouth Bank in Donalsonville on Feb. 28, 2013.

“During the robbery, Mr. Facon was armed with a .22 revolver and

 Mr. Key with a .38 revolver,” according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office. “Mr. Key and Mr. Facon then fled the bank in a vehicle belonging to one of the bank tellers.”

Following a vehicle and foot chase, Donalsonville, Miller County and Seminole County law-enforcement arrested the two suspects.

Both men also admitted to robbing the Trust Bank, 607 W. 4th St., Adel, on Feb. 7, and had planned to rob the Citizen’s Bank in Ray City, according to court documents.

At 12:30 p.m., Feb. 7, two witnesses observed two men wearing coveralls walking around the Ray City bank.

That same afternoon, two men wearing what witnesses described as “white hazmat suits” entered the Adel bank. One robber carried a black revolver. One of the robbers used zip-ties to restrain two bank employees while the other robber went behind the counter and took money from the cash drawers.

They demanded a bank customer give them the keys to his Jeep Wrangler. They fled the scene in the Wrangler then deserted it a few blocks away from the bank.

A witness reported seeing two men matching the robbers’ description near an Adel store only a few minutes prior to the Trust Bank robbery. Given the men’s “hazmat suits,” the witness believed there had possibly been a chemical spill in the area.

Working with a third man, Facon and Key reportedly cased the banks before robbing them. For the Donalsonville robbery, the third man entered the bank pretending to be interested in opening an account while gathering information for the robbery. During the robberies, the third man served as the getaway driver. He was taken into custody at a later date.

“Mr. Key and Mr. Facon are violent criminals who have earned a place in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore. “When they robbed banks, they terrorized bank employees and endangered the lives of the law-enforcement officers who had to chase them. People in Middle Georgia need to know that if they commit violent crimes with a gun, they are headed straight to federal prison.”


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