An Illinois man convicted of two bank robberies last week was committed on supervised release for two more bank robberies, authorities said.

Demontrion Deshaun Phillips, 28, stole $5,930 from Midland States Bank in Rockford on April 27, 2021, and another $4,408 in a robbery at Midland States Bank in Belvidere a week later, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

After a four-day trial, he was found guilty of four counts of bank robbery.

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A Midland States Bank in Rockford, Illinois. A man robbed two Midland Bank branches in the city last year while on court-supervised release after a federal conviction for two other bank robberies, authorities said.
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Federal prosecutors said Phillips posed as a customer and gave tellers a deposit slip and announced he was committing a bank robbery.

In the Belvidere robbery, he threatened a teller by saying, “Don’t make me come to the counter,” when he didn’t pay as much as he demanded, prosecutors said.

Three days after that robbery, law enforcement searched his Rockford home and found $5,090 in cash hidden in a sock.


The cash included numerous bills identified by serial numbers as stolen from the bank during the two heists, authorities said.

The robberies took place while Phillips was on supervised release following a federal conviction for two 2017 bank robberies in Rockford.

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He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2023 He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine in addition to court-ordered restitution


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