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Solicitor: Upstate man sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to bank robbery

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Melvin Curtis Cheek (Source: SCSO) Melvin Curtis Cheek (Source: SCSO)

An Upstate man pleaded guilty to bank robbery on Monday and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Melvin Curtis Cheek, 59 of Spartanburg, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery that occurred in October of 2017 at the Arthur State Bank on Warren H. Abernathy Highway.

During the robbery, Cheek wore sunglasses, a hat and brown gloves. The solicitor said he entered the bank, approached the teller and handed her a note stating he had a gun and demanded money. The employee said she handed over about $5,000 in cash.

Cheek then fled the bank on foot and eventually got into a vehicle and drove away.

Deputies say Cheek never displayed the weapon.

Cheek turned himself in three days later after confessing over the phone to the lead investigator at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. He also returned a small portion of the money he stole, the solicitor said.

Cheek will serve 85 percent of the 18-year prison sentence. He had a previous armed robbery conviction.

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