CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man, one of four people who were convicted of robbing a Cape Girardeau bank, was sentenced to 162 months (13-and-a-
half years) in prison Monday in U.S. District Court.
Dareme P. Tipler, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine E. Perry for one felony count of bank robbery and one felony count of using a firearm in connection with the bank robbery. Tipler was also ordered to pay $9,510 in restitution.
On Jan. 12, 2004, Tipler along with Toria W. Lawrence, Derek E. Riggs and Corey Lyons met early in the morning in Sikeston and began talking about robbing a bank in some nearby city. Eventually the group agreed on Cape Girardeau to view some banks to see if one could be robbed. They decided the Bank of America on Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau would be a good target.
Lawrence agreed to go into the bank to check the inside activities and reported back to the group. Riggs and Lyons had brought guns with them and Tipler obtained Lyons' gun before the bank was robbed.
The three men went into the bank with their faces covered while Lawrence waited in the car parked near the bank. Riggs and Tipler were both holding pistols in view of the bank's tellers and then vaulted the teller's counter and shouted for the people inside to get down.
Tipler opened the drawers where the cash was stored at the tellers' counters while Lyons collected the cash. Riggs was a lookout in the lobby of the bank.
The group then fled the bank with slightly over $10,000 and left in the car driven by Lawrence. They then returned to Sikeston where they divided the money from the robbery.
Riggs, Tipler and Lyons were later apprehended in the state of Washington.