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Bank robber sentenced

Thursday, September 30, 2004

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Tennessee woman will serve almost four years in prison for robbing the First National Bank of Miner.

Phyllis Ann Hester, 48, was sentenced to 46 months in federal custody on one felony count of bank robbery. She was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

On Nov. 20, 2003, at approximately 3:35 p.m. Hester entered the Montgomery Bank in Miner wearing sunglasses, hat, flannel shirt and gloves. She handed a note to a bank teller instructing the teller to keep her hands where they could be seen. Also the note stated Hester had a gun in her shirt and if "you want to go home tonight, then do as you are told!!"

The note directed the teller to fill up a bag and have the two tellers on either side do the same. It added: "Don't push any buttons! I know where you all live."

The teller did as directed and placed $17,000 in the bag. Hester then fled the bank but minutes later her car was observed by the Miner Police officer and she was placed under arrest.

Officers recovered the stolen money, a .177 caliber BB pistol from under the driver's seat and the handwritten note.

U.S. States Attorney James G. Martin praised the Miner Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work on the case.

Two Pemiscot County men were sentenced to prison on felony drug charges in federal court Wednesday.

James C. Baker III, 30, and Michael Woods, 19, of Caruthersville were sentenced on one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Baker was sentenced to 100 months in prison and Woods was sentenced to 28 months in prison. Upon release from prison, Baker will be placed on supervised release for two year while Woods will have three years supervised release.

On Feb. 28, law enforcement officers responded to Baker's residence on State Highway 164 after receiving complaints of a chemical odor. When officers arrived at the scene they detected an odor associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine and saw Baker run into the residence and leave the door open.

The officers called for Baker to stop and when he didn't, they followed him inside and discovered Baker behind a door. Also the officers found a substance containing methamphetamine base on the floor and around a nearby toilet. Woods then tried to flee the residence by jumping out the window.

After securing the residence and receiving a warrant, the officers found numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Both men admitted that on occasions between October 2003 and Feb. 28, they engaged in the manufacture of methamphetamine at Baker's residence. Woods received methamphetamine from Baker for gathering ingredients, acting as a lookout and providing other assistance.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bootheel Drug Task Force and the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department were involved in the investigation.