Two indicted for Alabaster bank robbery

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two men have been charged in connection with the robbery of an Alabaster bank in May.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Tuesday to FOX6 News, said Nathan Parke Bateman, 26, of Alabaster, and Robert Andre Morton, 25, of Meridian, Miss., were indicted Tuesday morning by a federal grand jury in connection with the May 21 robbery of Regions Bank in Alabaster.

Vance said the indictment charged the men with armed bank robbery and associated federal firearm violations.

"Innocent people's lives were put at risk when two gunman robbed the Alabaster bank in May," Vance said in the statement. "Alabaster police are to be commended for their quick and effective response, which led to the immediate capture of the two suspects."

Vance said conviction for the bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of carrying a firearm during the robbery, each man faces an additional and consecutive prison term of seven years. Should Bateman be convicted of illegal gun possession, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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