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SPRINGFIELD – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Greene County man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing a Morrisville bank at knife-point.
Daryl Williams, 50, of Greene County, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to the charge contained in an Aug. 23, 2011, federal indictment.
Williams admitted that he stole approximately $3,000 from Farmer’s State Bank, 1168 Maple St., Morrisville. According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Williams entered the bank at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Williams had a nylon panty hose stocking pulled over his head and face and was wearing a baseball cap.
Williams was brandishing a knife with a wooden handle and a 6-to-8-inch blade, the affidavit says. He ordered two employees to give him money and they handed over money from their teller drawers. Williams left the bank and drove away in a red/maroon extended cab Ford F-150 truck headed east on Missouri Highway 215 in the direction of Missouri Highway 13. Bank employees notified law enforcement of the bank robbery and provided a description of the vehicle.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. the same day, law enforcement officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and an officer with the Missouri Department of Conservation stopped Williams’ vehicle on a gravel side road near the intersection of Highway 215 and Highway 13. Officials found a substantial amount of money in the vehicle and Williams was arrested.
Under federal statutes, Williams is subject to a sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the FBI.