(STL.News) – Frank Brothers, 30, of St. Louis, MO, pleaded guilty to felony charges of robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Brothers appeared in federal court today before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for January 31, 2020.
According to court documents, on October 24, 2018, Brothers entered the Steak an#d Shake located in Maplewood. Brothers pointed a firearm at the manger, forced her to the floor and then forced her to open a safe. The manager handed Brothers the U.S. currency in the safe. Brothers then fled out the rear door to his vehicle.
Brothers faces up to 20 years in prison on the robbery charge. In addition, Brothers faces between seven years nor more than life in prison on the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The Maplewood Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case.