STARKVILLE – A Starkville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing Renasant Bank on East Lampkin Street in September 2021.
Laquavis Collier, 32, decided to plead guilty to a robbery charge as jury selection was underway for trial this week in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court, Assistant District Attorney Trina Davidson said. -Brooks. Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced him to a total of 15 years, five of which were suspended.
Davidson-Brooks said Collier walked into Renasant’s main downtown branch and asked to speak to someone about opening a checking account.
“He met a banker and made a threat and demanded all the money from the bank,” she said. “The banker went to the cashier and took some money out of a bag and gave it to (Collier).”
Collier, who was not wearing a mask, put the money in his pants and walked away from the bank, Davidson-Brooks said.
“His face was captured on CCTV in the bank,” she said.
Officers arrested him at the intersection of Gillespie and Spring streets shortly thereafter. The money, just over $6,000, was recovered.
Brian Jones is the local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.
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