A Lawrence Co man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a Wayne Co., West Virginia Bank back in January. According to WSAZ reports, Steve Ray Meeks, 62, of Louisa, pled guilty of robbing more than $32,000 from the Community Trust Bank in Fort Gay. Investigators say Meeks had attempted to rob the bank on January 11, but could not get into the bank because it had already closed. The following day, January 12, Meeks entered the bank and showed a handgun and threatened bank employees to put all the money in a bag or he would shoot and kill them all. After the robbery, Meeks admitted to driving into Kentucky as a Wayne Co Sheriff’s Deputy pursued him. He said he threw a large sum of cash from the robbery out the window, before Officers used spike strips to flatten Meeks’ tires, and he was arrested. The gun from the robbery was recovered along in a path in Fort Gay where Meeks had run. Investigators said the gun turned out to be a BB gun that resembled an actual handgun. Meeks now faces up to 25 years in federal prison and is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 22.
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