ST. LOUIS – Briran Blake, 30, of St. Clair County, Ill., Appeared before United States District Court Judge John A. Ross as of today and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. On September 17, 2021, a jury found Blake guilty of two counts of bank robbery and one count of gunning for a felony.

On June 9, 2017, Briran Blake walked into a regional bank on Hampton Avenue in St. Louis, presented a demand note to the teller, and escaped with nearly $ 2,000 in cash. 13 days later, on June 22, 2017, Briran Blake walked into a regional bank on South Broadway in St. Louis, presented a sight note and brandished a gun at the bank teller before escaping with over $ 4,200 in cash. Blake was charged in August 2019 following the analysis of the application notes and the identification of Blake as a suspect by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab.

The court, based on Blake’s criminal history, convicted Blake in accordance with the professional offender provision of the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

This matter was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jason Dunkel and Donald Boyce sued this case on behalf of the United States