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Two Ardmore Men Anticipating Their Release from Jail, Now Going to Federal Court

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Two Ardmore men who robbed a local restaurant at gunpoint in July anticipated a release Friday from the Carter County Detention Center. But the federal government stepped in to press charges. KTEN's Meredith Saldana reports.

Ended the pair's 75-day jail sentence that was ordered by District Judge Tom Walker back in August.

In June, the men robbed a local restaurant at gunpoint while tying up several hostages including children. They were caught and arrested by Ardmore police while attempting to flee the building.

The men were scheduled to be released from jail Friday, but are now being charged by the United States Attorney's office for interfering or attempting to interfere with commerce by robbery using a firearm.

U.S. Attorney, Sheldon Sperling, says 75-days in jail wasn't long enough for the crime committed.

Sperling told KTEN News, "That's two months for people who robbed other people at gunpoint, that's not enough."

Larry White and Andron Thompson are currently in custody at the Carter County Detention Center until being transferred by U.S. Marshals to Muskogee next week to appear in federal court.

Sperling says the two could face up to 20-years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines.

Meredith Saldana, KTEN News