Bank Robber Could Get 40 Years in Prison

From Times Staff Reports

A Redlands man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court in Idaho to three bank robberies, including a pair of 2004 heists in the Inland Empire, federal officials said.

Charles Benton Bagwell, 33, faces up to 40 years in federal prison for three counts of armed bank robbery, one count of bank robbery conspiracy, one count of brandishing a firearm and one count of discharging a firearm.

In addition to a Nov. 29, 2004, bank robbery in Boise, Bagwell pleaded guilty to robbing Provident Bank in Redlands on Sept. 18, forcing customers and employees into the bank vault after threatening them with a false explosive device. On Nov. 2, 2004, Bagwell robbed Citibank in Riverside, firing his gun and forcing the bank manager to take him to the vault.