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POSTED: February 10, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Two North Bryan men believed to be involved in the October 2009 armed robbery of the Eden Post Office in Effingham County pleaded guilty recently in federal district court in Savannah.

Brian T. Bacon, 20, of Lanier pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. for his role in the armed robbery, while codefendant Thermant T. Gaines, 20, of Pembroke pleaded guilty Jan. 10 for his role in the crime.

Both Bacon and Gaines face a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and five years supervised release. Bacon also faces an additional five years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed.

“Those criminals in this district who think they can commit violent crimes unchecked are sorely mistaken as federal, state and local law enforcement will be there,” U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver said. “The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who engage in criminal conduct that endangers lives and threatens the foundation of important public services.”

For more, pick up a copy of the Feb. 9 edition of the News.



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