An Effingham man has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for robbing a bank. 22-year-old Dillon Rensner of Effingham, was indicted in May and pleaded guilty that month to the crime. Rensner will receive 48 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $1,476 and a $200 special assessment fee.
US District Judge Colleen R. Lawless sat over the proceedings. Judge Lawless found that Rensner entered the Regions Bank at 111 South Durkin Drive in Springfield, carrying what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from bank employees. During the robbery, Rensner pointed the firearm at various people inside the bank and threatened them. Judge Lawless also stated that although the firearm was a blank gun, the fear and terror that the victims of Rensner’s crime felt, was very real and traumatic.
The statutory penalties for bank robbery are up to 25 years in prison, up to $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the FBI, Springfield Field Office, with assistance from the Springfield Police Department, ISP, Indiana State Police, and the Terre Haute Police.
The case against Rensner is part of a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve. This is an effort to reduce violent crime and gun violence. The department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN on May 26th, 2021 fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring results.