MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis man convicted in two bank robberies will spend the next 40 years behind bars.
27-year-old Phillip Thompson was sentenced to 40 years in a federal prison for two counts of bank robbery, one count of use of a firearm in a violent crime and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Thompson robbed the Trust One Bank on the 700-block of White Station with an assault rifle on December 9, 2009. After driving off with an undisclosed amount of cash, 15 minutes Thompson robbed Cadence Bank on the 500-block of South Mendenhall.
Shortly after the second robbery police spotted Thompson's white Ford Taurus. Thompson refused to stop, and fired around a dozen shots at officers in pursuit. He eventually crashed at North Evergreen and Chelsea in north Memphis and was arrested after he was found hiding near the crash.