Appeals panel upholds Marshall County robbery sentence

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of a Memphis man for the robbery of a Marshall County bank in 2010.

Marcus Westbrook entered a guilty plea in 2011 in U. S. District Court in Aberdeen. He was sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

Westbrook was one of five people indicted for the holdup of the Slayden Bank. He pleaded guilty to bank robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans up held Westbrook’s conviction Wednesday.

On appeal, Westbrook argued his sentence was too harsh. The 5th Circuit panel says the sentence handed down in Mississippi was fair.