MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A Huntsville man sentenced to community corrections in December is now facing multiple bank robbery charges, including two where court records say he would have been wearing an electronic monitoring device.
According to Madison County jail records, 55-year-old Lawrence Smith Jones was charged with four counts of first-degree bank robbery. His charges stem from both Huntsville and Madison police departments.
The last two robberies were done by two men, police say. No other suspects have been charged in connection with those robberies, police told News 19 today.
The FBI is also assisting in the bank robbery investigations. Bank robbery is a Class A felony in Alabama, with a sentencing range of two to 20 years in prison, but it is also a federal offense. The federal charge carries a similar sentencing range, but no chance of parole.
Jones was sentenced on a drug trafficking charge in December and ordered to serve six years with Madison County Community Corrections, rather than going to prison.
Based on the timeline laid out by officials, the robberies took place both before and after Jones was sentenced. Corrections officials say he was fitted with an electronic monitoring device on December 16.
According to court documents, Jones was ordered to participate in Madison County Community Corrections on December 16, 2022. The rules of that corrections program were explained to him, the documents say.
Jones was booked into the jail just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24.
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While he was being interviewed, court records say Jones admitted to “all the recent” robberies at Regions Bank in the Madison and Huntsville area. The court filing says he was connected to the robberies through vehicles he has and are associated with him.
Police departments in Huntsville and Madison have filed charges in all four cases, alleging robbery in the first degree.
The new court filings ask the court to revoke his probation — stemming from the trafficking charge — and keep him in the Madison County jail based on the new charges until further orders from the court.
Jones is currently being held without bond.