Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery

Robbery happened back in 2016

Ed Jenson
January 23, 2018 - 11:41 am

A Spartanburg man received a 20-year prison sentence today for a bank robbery where he fired .12 gauge pump shotgun into the roof of the business and stole a getaway truck at gunpoint.

Genuine Truth Banner, 27, of Moore, pled guilty to 2 counts of armed robbery, 5 counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The bank robbery occurred Aug. 29, 2016 at the Spartan Federal Credit Union, 930 Charisma Drive. Banner wore a black ski mask and he carried the shotgun when he entered the business about 9:30 a.m. Banner pulled three people out of side office and pulled two others from behind the counter before firing the shotgun.

Banner fled the bank with a sum of money and he stole a Chevrolet truck at gunpoint to drive during the escape. The truck was abandoned a few minutes later in the parking lot of the old Campus Place Apartments. Investigators believe Banner fled the area in a BMW that was parked in the area prior to the bank robbery.

“This was a brazen bank robbery and I’m thankful nobody was hurt during this scary sequence of events,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Banner at his grandmother’s home hours later. The stolen money was recovered along with the gun and the some of the clothing worn during the hold-up.

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