Missouri couple pleads guilty to Illinois robbery

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A St. Louis-area couple has pleaded guilty to robbing an Illinois bank.

A U.S. attorney says 43-year-old Darren Everett and 28-year-old Mackenzie Leonard entered the plea Thursday in federal court. They admitted to robbing the Commerce Bank in Columbia in February. They say Leonard disguised herself as an elderly woman using a wig and fake facial wrinkles.

Prosecutors say Leonard left the bank with nearly $1,800. Police arrested the couple four days later. They found multiple items linking the pair to the crime, including a note Leonard had handed to the bank teller claiming to have a gun.

They each face up to 20 yeas in prison and a $250,000 fine. They are both detained on unrelated charges in St. Louis.

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