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FLORENCE, S.C. — A local man who robbed a Wilson bank in 2017 before he shot and killed two people in a South Carolina bank robbery several days later was sentenced to death by a federal jury Thursday.
Brandon Council of Wilson showed no emotion as the verdict of "death" was read on two accounts inside a Florence, South Carolina federal courtroom.
The jury of eight women and four men delivered its sentencing verdict Thursday morning after nearly three weeks of trial. The same jury convicted Council of murder and robbery last week.
Less than two weeks prior to his arrest, Council robbed a now-closed BB&T branch on Tarboro Street in Wilson and made off with a couple thousand dollars. No one was injured.
Council was convicted of larceny over $1,000 and being a habitual felon in Wilson County on March 16, 2011 and released from prison on Nov. 3, 2016, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
State records show Council also served prison time for a Wilson County conviction on a felony breaking and entering charge in 2008 and has previous convictions of misdemeanor larceny in Wake County, felony larceny of a motor vehicle in Pitt County and felony receiving a stolen vehicle in Wilson County.
Olivia Neeley of The Wilson Times contributed to this report.