Mo. Man Sentenced to 72 Years for Armed Robberies

6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 20 2013 Nov 20, 2013 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:18:37 PM CST November 20, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A 49-year-old Springfield man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison after being sentenced as a career criminal for three Springfield armed robberies in November 2008.

Mark Joseph Morris was sentenced Wednesday to 72 years and six months without parole and ordered to pay roughly $5,600 in restitution.

Morris was found guilty in March of three counts of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence. Two months before that he pleaded guilty to the three robberies related to the firearm charges.

Morris admitted robbing a Bank of America on Nov. 7, 2008, a Walgreens Drug Store on Nov. 17, 2008, and a second Bank of America on Nov. 21, 2008.

Morris claimed the gun he used was a BB gun, though the weapon was never recovered.

 

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