A Lansing man already facing federal bank robbery charges is headed to trial in Livingston County for smuggling a cell phone into the jail.
35-year-old Brian Dewayne Ali Jr. rejected a plea agreement with Livingston County prosecutors after being charged earlier this year with possession of contraband in prison after officials found a cellphone in his cell. Ali was jailed after being arrested on federal bank robbery charges following the April 2016 robbery of the PNC Bank located on West Grand River in Genoa Township. Police say Ali disguised himself by dressing as a woman and wearing makeup and a wig. They say he then entered the bank brandishing a handgun and what appeared to be a bomb and announced a robbery. Afterward, he fled in a blue Ford Mustang with an undisclosed amount of cash.