Bank robbery cases moved to federal court

Bank robbery cases moved to federal court

URBANA — The bank robbery cases against two Urbana men have been transferred to federal court.

Prentice A. Taylor, 57, and William T. Jackson, 34, were named in sealed indictments last month and made their first federal court appearances on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

Taylor is charged with robbing the McDonald's at 501 N. Mattis Ave., C, with a gun on March 24; and, with Jackson, robbing a Mobil Super Pantry, 1511 N. Prospect Ave., C, on April 16 and the Central Illinois Credit Union, 2106 W. John St., C, on May 8; and Jackson is charged with a robbery at Marine Bank, 1001 S. Neil St., C, also with a gun, on May 21.

The two originally were charged in Champaign County Circuit Court. Those charges have been dismissed.

Taylor faces a total of six charges; Jackson, five. Sentences differ for the various charges, but range up to 25 years.

Champaign police and the FBI investigated the robberies.