According to a release from U. S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s office, Brandon Joseph Peake, 32, pled guilty to the armed robbery of Traders and Farmers Bank in Curry, to brandishing a gun during the robbery and to two counts of using a telephone to make false bomb threats to Walker Baptist Medical Center and bridges along Highway 69 on July 5.
Peake, who had a felony conviction in Jefferson County for drugs last year, also pled guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said he was pleased that Peake pled guilty. His office has worked with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI on the case.
“We have been in contact and working with federal authorities since this occurred, and we continue to be in contact with them,” Adair said.
Peake is scheduled to be sentenced in this case on April 21.
According to the release, the maximum sentence for armed bank robbery is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The sentence for using a firearm during a crime of violence is seven years to life in prison, which must be served consecutively with any other sentence imposed for the crime.
The maximum sentence for using a telephone to maliciously convey a threat is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Adair also said Peake is charged in Walker County with bank robbery and two counts of making terroristic threats.
The first charge is a Class A felony that carries a charge of 20 years to life in prison. The terroristic threat counts are Class C felonies carrying one to ten years in prison each.