ROCKFORD — A Machesney Park man was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr., to a total of 12 years in federal prison for armed robbery, robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.
DAVID M. BANEY, 35, pleaded guilty on Jan. 6, 2020, to the robbery of Chase Bank, 7997 N. Alpine Rd. in Loves Park, and the robbery of Kelley’s Market/Mobil Gas Station, 8200 N. Second St. in Machesney Park, on Jan. 11, 2018. Baney was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $24,732.80.
According to a written plea agreement, Baney admitted that on Jan. 11, 2018, he walked into the Chase Bank wearing a mask. Baney approached a teller who was behind the teller stations and demanded money from two tellers. During the robbery, Baney carried a gun and pointed it at a bank employee and a bank customer. Baney obtained $24,402 from Chase Bank during the robbery.
Baney also admitted that on the same day he possessed an object that appeared to be a firearm when he entered the Kelley’s Market/Mobil Gas Station and ordered the employee to give him cash. The employee turned over cash, and Baney left the store with the money.
The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff; Dan O’Shea, Chief of the Rockford Police Department; and Chuck Lynde, Chief of the Loves Park Police Department. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI-led Rockford Area Violent Gang Task Force, consisting of law enforcement officers and agents from the FBI, Rockford Police Department, Loves Park Police Department, and Freeport Police Department. Officers from the Loves Park Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department participated in the investigation.