Man sentenced to life in prison for two armed robberies

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SPRINGFIELD - A northwestern Illinois man convicted of two armed robberies has been sentenced to life in prison.

Government officials say evidence was provided that showed Deangelo Dixon, 28, had been on parole for less than two weeks when he entered Viola's Union Federal Savings & Loan in November 2012.  Government officials say Dixon threatened to shoot a teller, and later fled the scene with $31,000.  Officials also say Dixon robbed the 1st Community Bank in Sherrard one month later, where he pointed what appeared to be a gun and took $5,700.

A Rock Island police officer who investigated the robberies said he recognized Dixon from his approach to robbery.

According to U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, federal Judge Sara Darrow found Dixon's life sentence appropriate because of his two previous state robbery convictions.
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