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Man pleads guilty to bank robbery

Friday, October 3, 2003

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Memphis, Tenn., resident has pled guilty to armed bank robbery.

Dariess Anthony Harris, 23, entered his guilty plea to one felony count of bank robbery Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Harris admitted that he and Paul Stacy Denton entered the First State Community Bank of Hayti on June 19 and demanded money from the bank employees at gunpoint. Harris then vaulted the teller counter and both he and Denton removed money from the teller drawers. A total of $5,813 was taken from the bank.

Following the robbery, the men fled in a van and were pursued by law enforcement officers. The police continued the chase into the state of Tennessee where the robbers were eventually stopped and surrendered to authorities in Dyer County. The money was recovered in the van.

Harris now faces a maximum punishment of 25 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Dec. 17.