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Shannon bank robber sentenced to over five years behind bars

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A Shannon man has been sentenced to over five years in prison for armed bank robbery.

According to court documents, 57-year-old Antonia Cannon entered the Renasant Bank in Verona on December 30, 2022, wearing a hoodie and a COVID-19 mask, approached the teller, and demanded money while brandishing what appeared to be a black firearm.

The teller provided Cannon with $4,700 from the drawer and the suspect fled from the bank with the money. Cannon was later apprehended by law enforcement officers on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The money stolen by Cannon was recovered in his automobile still wrapped in the bank’s money wrappers with the teller’s initials on them. The gun used during the robbery was later determined to be a black Daisy .177 caliber BB gun modeled after a Beretta M9.

Cannon has a lengthy criminal history of committing armed robberies that spans decades from the Mississippi Delta to north Mississippi. He also has a previous armed bank robbery conviction in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi from 1998 for which he served nearly six years behind bars.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations, along with the Verona Police Department, Tupelo Police Department, and the United States National Park Service investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Feleica Wilson prosecuted the case.

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