Robbery charges filed in Viola and Sherrard bank robberies: Suspects in custody
A four count felony criminal information was filed today by the Mercer county State's Attorney's Office against DeAngelo D. Dixon. The firt two counts are Class 1 felonies exposing defendant to four to 15 years in the Department of Corrections each. Because the defendant may have a prior Class 1 felony, each sentence could be extended up to 30 years.
Counts III and IV relate to the violent behavior where citizens were physically attacked during this robbery spree.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan N. Lee who obtained a $1 million warrant, the defendant is already in custody in Stateville Correctional Center on unrelated charges. When the older case is resolved, the defendant will be brought to Mercer County for trial.
Lee said, "these heinous crimes were solved by hundreds of hours of intensive police work. Viola Police Chief Tom Mulder and Mercer County Detective William Glancey spearheaded a working group which included the FBI, Rock Island Police, Illinois State Police and the U.S. Attorney's Office. We asked for and obtained the very high bail bond as this man was not only a thief but a violent predator endangering local citizens."