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Albany pair sentenced for bank robbery

Armed robbers sentenced in Albany

ALBANY — Two Albany men have been given prison sentences for the armed robbery of two separate banks.

According to a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice, Tony Scott Key, 45, was ordered to serve 309 months in federal prison for two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

On Feb. 6, Anthony Jerome Facon, 48, was sentenced to serve 444 months imprisonment for armed bank robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, the released stated. The Court also ordered Key and Facon to pay restitution to repay the money stolen and repay costs associated with the repair of vehicles stolen by them, and also the medical costs of persons affected by their crimes, the release stated.

The DOJ release stated that the sentences were handed down by Judge W. Louis Sands, United States District Court, in Albany.

Both Key and Facon had earlier entered guilty pleas to the Feb. 28, 2013, armed robbery of the PeoplesSouth Bank in Donalsonville, where they robbed tellers of approximately $31,113, while both men were armed with handguns, the release stated. The robbers fled the bank in a vehicle belonging to one of the tellers, but were apprehended by officers from the Donalsonville Police Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office after being pursued by vehicle and on foot, the release stated.

According to the release, Key and Facon also admitted to robbing the Trust Bank in Adel of approximately $9,279 and preparing to rob the Citizen’s Bank in Ray City on Feb. 7, 2013.

“While we are thankful that these dangerous individuals are no longer a threat to the public, we cannot underestimate the impact of what their violence did to the bank tellers, customers and community,” said Ricky Maxwell, acting special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office in a statement. “They may not have physically harmed anyone, but the psychological harm that these victims have undergone because of these subjects is immeasurable.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Donalsonville Police Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen, the release stated.