Urbana man enters not guilty plea in robbery of Quincy bank

Posted: Mar. 27, 2013 5:59 pm Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 6:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A man wanted in connection with robbing a Quincy bank has pleaded not guilty to charges in federal court.

Willie B. Franklin, 37, of Urbana pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment March 18 in U.S. District Court in Urbana. Among the banks Franklin was charged with robbing was the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Quincy. According to the bill of indictment, Franklin robbed $2,100 from the Quincy facility around 4 p.m. on Dec. 26.

During an interview with officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Franklin was shown photographs taken from the various robberies and he confirmed that he was the robber shown in the photos. He admitted to robbing 12 banks in four states -- Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana.

Franklin was also charged with robbing banks in three other cities in the indictment. He allegedly stole $3,200 from Main Source Bank in Kankakee on Dec. 3, $4,050 from PNC Bank in Peoria on Dec. 5 and $2,780 from Homestar Bank and Financial Services in Manteno on Dec. 20.

Franklin was arrested by FBI agents on Jan. 9 near Tampa, Fla.

Franklin's case has been placed on the May jury docket. He is next due in court May 8 for a pre-trial conference. His trial is scheduled to begin May 13.