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Fatal Bank Robbery Suspect Could Get Death Penalty

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Booking photo of James Watts

Booking photo of James Watts

BENTON, Ill. (KMOX) - A Southern Illinois man who allegedly killed two bank employees and wounded another during a hold-up could get the federal death penalty.

James Watts, 29, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, which also made him eligible for the death penalty. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton said, however, that his prosecutors have not decided whether they will actually seek the death penalty.

It’s alleged that Watts, with a.380 caliber semi-automatic pistol entered the First National Bank in Cairo, Ill. on May 15, killed two bank employees and critically wounded another.

Prosecutors say he then stole one of his victim’s cars and led police on a chase. He’s being held without bond.

Wigginton said that even if his office does not seek the death penalty, a conviction would mean a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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