The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 18, 2013

Ala. man pleads guilty to robbery, bomb threats


Associated Press

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Jasper man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Walker County bank and phoning in two bomb threats shortly before the robbery.

Thirty-two-year-old Brandon Joseph Peake pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to armed robbery of the Traders and Farmers Bank, brandishing a gun during the robbery, and using a telephone to make bomb threats against Walker Baptist Medical Center and a bridge on Alabama Highway 69.

Peake admitted to phoning in the bomb threats on July 5 and then robbing the banks while police were responding to the threats.

He was arrested July 11 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He is scheduled for sentencing April 21. Armed bank robbery is the most serious charge he faces, and it carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.