James Nathaniel Watts, 30, of Cairo, was charged by criminal complaint with felon in possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced May 16.
The affidavit in support of the complaint indicates that Watts was arrested on May 15, on a railroad train trestle in Cairo, Illinois, after a high-speed chase with law enforcement. Watts was driving a vehicle, which belonged to an employee of the First National Bank, which had been robbed earlier in the day. During the robbery, two employees were killed and one was critically wounded. Those offenses remain under investigation.
The offense is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to ten years, a fine of $250,000, or both, and up to 3 years supervised release.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin for prosecution.
As of press time, unofficially it was reported Watts waived his hearing on the detainment, which means he agreed to stay detained and no further hearings will be held untill after the indictment. No day or time has been issued for the indictment at this time.