Darrick Carmon Meadows, accused of robbing a bank during the 2006 Christmas season, didn't plead guilty to bank robbery Monday because of kidney stones.
But the 28-year-old Phenix City man was in federal court Tuesday in a plain white shirt and blue pants as he answered each of U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land's questions. Charged with taking $2,476 in cash from the Columbus Bank and Trust Company branch, 3700 Second Ave., on Dec. 12, 2006, Meadows admitted to robbing the bank and fleeing to the Chattahoochee Riverwalk, where he was caught five minutes after the theft.
Meadows turned to his mother before pleading guilty, giving her the equivalent of a thumbs-up.
Assistant U.S. Assistant Attorney Brendan Flanagan said Meadows joined a line of customers around 9:30 a.m., indicating he had a weapon once he reached the teller.
" 'Fill the bag with money,' " Flanagan said Meadows told the clerk. " 'Get the large. If you don't want to get hurt, fill the bag.' "
Columbus police have said the suspect also put a bag over the security camera.
Meadows ran and was seen minutes after the heist on the Riverwalk. Police caught him shortly afterward and found a bag filled with the money, though no weapon was found on him or nearby, Flanagan said.
He was arrested and taken to the Columbus Public Safety Center for questioning, where he confessed, the prosecutor added.
His mother, who declined to give her name, said after court her son was burned on 65 percent of his body while working in May 2006. Speaking softly while waiting outside the federal courthouse, Meadows' mother said she didn't want to say anything that might hurt his chances in court.
Meadows and prosecutors reached a plea agreement with a sentence recommendation, though Land has the final decision on the punishment.