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West Columbia bank robber sentenced to 9 years in prison

Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – A man who robbed a bank in West Columbia was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison earlier this week. According to the US Attorney’s office, Callus Lefont Latimore, 42, of Augusta, was sentenced for a number of charges after robbing the First Reliance Bank in West Columbia Feb. 9th. He was armed with a pistol at the time of the robbery.

According to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake, on April 19, Latimore pled guilty in front of Senior U.S. District Court Judge Cameron M. Currie. He pled to the charges of armed bank robbery and use/possession/brandishing of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. Judge Currie sentenced him to nine years and nine months in federal prison with five years of supervised release after he has served the time.

During an earlier trial, evidence was presented in court establishing that on the Feb. 9, Latimore entered the bank armed with a Hi-Point 9 mm caliber handgun and wearing a construction vest, fishing hat, and fake beard. After a bank employee asked Latimore if he needed assistance, Latimore brandished the pistol jumped on the counter and demanded money. He then reached over the counter, took $10,300.00 in currency, and fled the scene.

Unbeknownst to Latimore, the money he stole had a hidden GPS tracker in it. After responding to the scene, deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department were informed of the tracker, and within an hour, the deputies located Latimore off exit 119 on Interstate 26 in the area of Charleston Highway. After placing Latimore under arrest, deputies recovered the handgun, GPS tracker, and all $10,300.00 of the stolen money.

The case was investigated by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney William C. Lewis of the Columbia office handled the case.

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