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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 pm

WACO - Two Missouri residents who helped rob multiple banks in Missouri and Texas, including one in Temple, were sentenced Thursday in federal court.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Smith sentenced Jacob Thomas Norris, 24, and Alexia Quentasha Baker, 23, to 72 months and 41 months in federal prison, respectively.

Norris and Baker both pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and a count of bank robbery for their roles in a spree of bank robberies last summer, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.

Another defendant, Jeffrey Brent Heckman, 26, pleaded guilty to six charges stemming from the bank robberies. Heckman is believed to have been the one to carry out the robberies while armed with a shotgun, the release states. Heckman will be sentenced May 31.

Norris is believed to have been the driver in the robberies, while Baker served as a lookout during the July 11 robbery of Texell Credit Union in Temple. The three stole about $33,000 during their spree. They were arrested in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, on Sept. 5 and extradited to Texas.

- Philip Jankowski

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