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Lilbourn bank robber sentenced to prison

Friday, August 8, 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Cape Girardeau man was sentenced today for armed bank robbery at Lilbourn.

Keith Dionte Moon, 19, was sentenced to 63 months on one felony count of armed bank robbery. He appeared Wednesday before U. S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey.

On Aug. 17, 2007, Darnell Moon, Lance Lewis and Keith Dionte Moon drove to Lilbourn, where they robbed the Bank of New Madrid. During the course of the robbery, Darnell Moon and Keith Moon brandished handguns and ordered the tellers to place the bank's money into plastic bags.

One of the handguns was the BB-pistol purchased at in Cape Girardeau. The other handgun was not recovered. One of the bank tellers stated that the handgun brandished by the defendant "looked real."

After the tellers placed the bank's money into the plastic bags, the tellers were ordered into the bank's vault and the door was closed. The three men then fled the bank on foot.

A later audit of the bank disclosed that $13,729 was taken during the robbery. Those funds were recovered by the police officers just after the robbery was committed.

United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway praised the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Lilbourn Police Department, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work on the case.