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David Ray Powers, 29, and Lori Jo Stilley, 42, both of Marshfield, Missouri, were tried in federal court in connection with the Jan. 30 robbery of the Arrest Bank branch in Lead Hill, records show.

Charges against the Marshfield, Missouri, man and woman accused of robbing the Arvest Bank branch at Lead Hill in January were recently dropped because they were sentenced to federal prison time, online court records show.

David Ray Powers, 29, was charged in Boone County as a habitual offender with aggravated robbery, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of firearms by certain persons and possession of methamphetamine, while Lori Jo Stilley, 42, was charged with accomplice to aggravated robbery, possession of a defaced firearm and possession of methamphetamine, records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, a white male subject with some type of paint on his face and arms entered the bank Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30, and put a handwritten note on a bank employee’s desk demanding money and stating he had a gun.

The employee then went to the drive through teller drawer and took money totaling $1,387 — including two $50 bills with recorded serial numbers known as “bait money” — in a bank bag. The suspect then took the bag and left the bank through the front door.

Boone County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Brent Jones obtained security surveillance snapshots of the suspect and of what appeared to be the suspect leaving the area in a vehicle parked outside the neighboring U.S. Post Office.

Jones forwarded the images to other law enforcement and Arkansas State Police Trooper Ty Roberson located a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop in the area of Stonington Road and State Line Road near the Missouri state line.

The affidavit said that when BCSO Investigator Jason Brisco arrived on the scene, Powers and Stilley were in handcuffs. Stilley was advised of her Miranda rights and a field interview was performed.

Stilley told police that she and Powers went to a Walmart in Marshfield and bought makeup to cover Powers’ tattoos. He told her he intended to rob a bank that day, the affidavit said.

After scouting banks in Harrison to determine if they could escape after robbing them, they went to the bank in Lead Hill. She said she waited in the car while Powers went into the bank and returned with money in the bank bag, the affidavit said.

They left the area in the vehicle, but turned onto a dirt road where Powers threw out the bank bag and the shirt he had been wearing.

A search of the vehicle they were in turned up the $1,387, including the bait money, and a pistol with the serial number obscured, the affidavit said. Methamphetamine was found on Stilley’s person when she was taken to the Boone County Jail.

Court records show that both Powers and Stilley were charged in federal court with bank robbery, while Powers was also charged with felon in possession of firearm.

Powers was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison on robbery and 40 months in prison on the firearms charge with those sentences to run consecutively for a total of 120 months.

Stilley was sentenced to 41 months in prison. Both also face three years’ probation each after they are released.

Records show both were released from the Boone County Jail on Sept. 24 after state charges were dismissed based on the federal prosecution.

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