A former AIta city council member who admitted to five armed bank robberies in Minnesota was sentenced Thursday in United States District Court.
Daniel Scott Huseman was sentenced to 108 months in prison and four years supervised release by Judge Ann. Montgomery. Huseman was also ordered to pay $66,000 in restitution to the five victim banks and to forfeit two firearms that were in his possession at tile time of his arrest, including one that was used during the bank robberies.
During his plea hearing in July, Huseman admitted to all five robberies in five months.
On December 11, 2001, he robbed the Eagle Valley Bank in Stillwater; on December 27, he robbed Southview Bank in Newport; on January 15, 2002, he robbed First Federal Bank in Apple Valley; on February 22, 2002, he robbed the U.S. Bank in St Paul; and on April 26, 2002, he attempted the armed robbery of the Annandale State Bank in Clearwater, wearing a face mask and threatening a clerk with a handgun.
A bank employee observed Huseman fleeing the scene of the Annandale State Bank robbery and provided a description of the get-away vehicle to law enforcement. An off-duty officer spotted the car, leading to a high-speed chase involving several departments. Huseman eventually crashed into a tree in a residential yeard, and was taken into custody by deputies from the Wright County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the St. Cloud Police Department, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, and the Minnesota Highway Patrol. The weapons and a large amount of loose money were found in his vehicle. The Federal Bureau of Investigation took over the case shortly after the arrest, and used surveillance tapes and descriptions from robberies of other banks in the region to determine Huseman's involvement in the other robberies.
Huseman was removed from the Alta City Council after his arrest by peers shocked by the announcement of the crime spree, and remained in custody in Minneapolis since that time. Prior to the arrests, he was known as a family man and a very active member of the community, with a spotless criminal record and a respected business as an independent financial consultant in Storm Lake. There were no injuries reported in any of the bank robberies.