Verona, MS – A Shannon man was sentenced yesterday to 63 months in prison for the armed bank robbery of the Renasant Bank located in Verona.
According to court documents, Antonia Cannon, 57, entered the Renasant Bank in Verona on December 30 wearing a hoodie and a “Covid” mask, approached the teller, and demanded money while brandishing what appeared to be a black firearm. The teller provided Cannon $4,700 from the teller drawer and Cannon fled from the bank with the money.
Cannon was later apprehended by law enforcement officers on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The $4,700 taken 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 by Cannon 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. Cannon 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 70 months.
U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner of the Northern District of Mississippi and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby made the announcement.
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.