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CHARLESTON -- A man who police say confessed to a bank robbery in Charleston two years ago will serve prison time for robberies elsewhere.

But the suspect, Samuel T. Gregg, was apparently never charged with committing the Charleston robbery and his sentence for the other robberies didn't address it, either.

In November 2016, Charleston police announced that the Indianapolis man was suspected of robbing the Prairie State Bank & Trust at 621 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston the previous August.

However, while Gregg was indicted in federal court for allegedly robbing seven banks in Indiana and one in Farina, Ill., the Charleston robbery wasn't included in those cases.

Gregg pleaded guilty earlier this month and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay nearly $45,000 in restitution but repayment to the Charleston bank apparently wasn't part of that.

Charleston police Detective Tony West said he planned to interview Gregg in 2016.

However, he said he didn't try to conduct the interview after federal court authorities in Indiana told him Gregg had confessed to the Charleston robbery. West said he was informed it would be included in charges in Indiana federal court.

West said he recently tried to contact the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case about the matter but had yet to receive a reply.

There was no record of Gregg being charged with the Charleston robbery or that the restitution ordered included payment to Prairie State Bank & Trust, according to Tim Horty, spokesman for southern Indiana federal court district, where Gregg was prosecuted.

Sharon Paul, who's in the same position with the Illinois federal court district that covers Coles County, also confirmed the Gregg wasn't charged there.

Bank robberies are often prosecuted in federal court but can also go through local state courts.

West said Charleston police didn't send a report on the robbery to the Coles County State's Attorney's Office at the time because the case was apparently going to be handled in federal court.

He said he hasn't decided whether to pursue the case more based on the lack of federal prosecution. State's Attorney Brian Bower said he would have to review a police report on the robbery before deciding whether he could prosecute a case.

According to federal court records, Gregg admitted to three bank robberies in Jeffersonville, Ind., plus robberies in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Farmersburg and Schererville, Ind., as well as Farina, all during 2015 or 2016.


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