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Collinsville man gets 15-year term for five armed robberies in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — A Collinsville man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for five armed robberies or attempts at businesses in 2019.

Larry Rhines, 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis last year to five robbery charges and five gun charges.

U.S. District Judge John A. Ross gave Rhines the 15-year term and ordered him to make payments toward $12,600 in restitution.

Rhines and two others robbed at gunpoint the Mack Bar and Grill in the city's Southampton neighborhood in January 2019; a Jimmy John's in Lindenwood Park and a Subway restaurant near the Grove in February 2019; a Panda Express in Southampton and a Sprint store in St. Louis Hills in March 2019. The men made off with more than $11,500 in Apple iPhones and watches from the Sprint store.

"The fact that no one was seriously hurt or killed is an absolute miracle," U.S. District Judge John A. Ross told Rhines in court Tuesday. 

Rhines' co-defendant Jalon J. "Lonnie" Moore, 25, was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison. Another codefendant, Garry "Gee" Johnson, 24, was sentenced Friday to 16 years and eight months. 

All three men have pleaded guilty to federal charges in Illinois for robbing three stores there in March 2019: a Sprint store in Fairview Heights, a Marco’s Pizza in Collinsville and a GCS Credit Union in Collinsville. Sentencings  are scheduled this month and next month.

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