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Suspect connected to deadly bank robbery headed to prison

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BENTON -- A Cairo man is headed to federal prison for his role in a deadly bank robbery.

A judge sentenced Otha Don Watkins, III to 23 years in prison.

Watkins plea guilty earlier this year to helping James Watts plan the May 2014 hold-up at First National Bank in Cairo.

Watkins served as a lookout while Watts went into the bank.

After he couldn't get any cash Watts killed two workers and seriously injured a third employee.

In May 2017 Watts began serving a life sentence for his crimes.

Watkins sentence will come on top of a nearly 13 year sentence for his role in an armed robbery in Cape Girardeau, MO in October 2014.

That means Watkins won't able to be released from federal custody until the year 2049.
 

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