Brunswick man sentenced for armed robbery

BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) - A convicted felon who robbed a bank while on parole was sentenced Thursday to 135 months in federal prison.
James Ronald McCormick, 61, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for the Feb. 8 armed bank robbery of the Southeastern Bank.
McCormick robbed the Southeastern Bank at 15 Trade St. in Brunswick, when he put what appeared to be a bomb into the drawer of drive-up window and demanding money, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.  

McCormick, with the help of his wife, Anna McCormick, fled the bank with $815, and evaded capture for several days, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.  When McCormick was found, he barricaded himself in a trailer and apprehended by the FBI and police after a flash-bang grenade was detonated to subdue McCormick and his wife.
McCormick had previously been convicted of murder and received a life sentence in Georgia, and escaped from prison while serving that life sentence. He was captured and returned to prison, but was later released on parole.  

While on parole, McCormick was convicted of a drug offense and after he being paroled a second time, he committed the bank robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The judge ordered that McCormick's 135-month federal sentence run consecutive to any state sentence McCormick receives for violating parole on the murder conviction. There is no parole on federal prison sentences.    

The court ordered that if McCormick is ever released from prison, that he be on federal supervised release for an additional five years.

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