Indiana man sentenced in bank robbery spree

Indiana man sentenced in bank robbery spree

An Indiana man has been sentenced to almost 40 years in prison for four bank robberies that happened in 2013.

Ronald E. Corbin, 49, was sentenced Monday to 39 years and 3 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Corbin pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated bank robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the plea agreement:

— Corbin robbed the First Midwest Bank, 27 N. Vermilion St., Danville, on Aug. 12. He brandished a silver handgun, demanded money and left the bank with $5,650.

— On Aug. 21, he robbed the United Community Bank, 106 S. Oakwood Road, Oakwood, placing a silver gun on the teller's countertop, demanding money and leaving with $16,900.

— On Sept. 6, he tried to rob the Municipal Trust & Savings Bank, Momence, again showing a silver handgun and demanding money. When the teller didn't give him money, he left the bank.

— On Sept. 10, Corbin robbed the Central Illinois Bank, 1514 N. Cunningham Ave., U, placing a handgun on the counter and demanding money, leaving with $6,800 in a vehicle driven by co-defendant Dennis Gallivan.

Urbana police stopped the vehicle near the Ogden exit ramp of Interstate 74 and arrested the two. In the vehicle, they found a loaded silver semi-automatic pistol and a brown paper bag containing $6,800, as well as clothing matching that worn by Corbin during the robbery.

Corbin at the time was facing bank robbery charges in Indiana. On Nov. 26, 2012, he had been released on bond in Tippecanoe County for charges based on a robbery of a bank in Lafayette on Oct. 12, 2012. On March 11, 2013, he had been released on bond by a court in Clinton County for the robbery of a bank in Frankfort, Ind.

The charges to which Corbin pleaded were the result of an investigation that included the Vermilion County sheriff's department, and the Urbana, Danville and Momence police departments.

Gallivan has pleaded guilty to participating in the Central Illinois Bank robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced May 20.

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