A man with Middle Tennessee connections pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville for robbing two banks and unlawfully possessing a stolen firearm as a convicted felon.
Jonathan Cody Baxter, 23, admitted to robbing a Murfreesboro branch of Bank of America in February 2010; and then a Roland Branch of the National Bank of Sallisaw, in Oklahoma, the same week.
According to court documents, Baxter presented the teller of the Bank of America branch on Memorial Boulevard with a note that read, “This is a robbery. You have 10 seconds to hand me all the cash behind your counter. If you say or make any sudden movements, I’ll shoot you and every person in the bank. When I walk out then you can call the cops.”
He left with $3,509, but surveillance cameras captured his image, and he was later identified by his father, who lives in Murfreesboro.
Baxter said in court Friday that during the Oklahoma robbery, he drove his then-girlfriend to the bank, wrote the note to the teller and waited for her to go inside. The then-girlfriend, Mallary Renee Waldon, has already been sentenced in Oklahoma to 40 months in federal prison and 36 months of supervised release.
He was arrested in early March 2010 in Texas.
Baxter also admitted Friday that he possessed a stolen .25-caliber Beretta semi-automatic handgun that he secured in Springfield, Mo. also in February 2010, just before the robberies.
He has previously been convicted of arson and two aggravated burglaries.
His sentencing is scheduled for May 17.
Amanda Gambill is with Seigenthaler News Service – MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.