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Arkansas man gets 5 years for SL bank robbery

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Following a guilty plea of second-degree theft in connection to a Storm Lake bank robbery last summer, an Arkansas man was sentenced to five years in prison in Buena Vista County District Court Monday afternoon.

Levi Luke Jeffrey, 40, of Fort Smith, Ark., was arrested in April on charges stemming from a bank robbery that occrured at Northwest Bank in July 2011, and was charged with second-degree robbery, a class C felony; second-degree theft, a class D felony and escape from custody, a class D felony.

According to a plea agreement, the other two charges were dropped and no further charges were to be filed. Judge Daniel Lester ordered Jeffrey to pay Northwest Bank $7,910 in restitution, as well as appropriate fines and surcharges.

Jeffrey, who was wearing orange prison attire and shackled at his hands and feet, delivered an apology through a statement before his sentence was read.

"Once I get home, I want to be productive member of my community and not commit any more crimes. I want to be a father to my children and a husband to my wife," he said in a quiet Southern drawl.

Following the trial, Jeffrey will be transported back to Arkansas, where he is currently serving a sentence following a bank robbery in Pottsville, Ark. in August 2011.

Shortly after the Arkansas robbery, FBI agents contacted the Storm Lake Police Department, noting that the method and escape vehicle in the robbery might be a match for the unsolved Storm Lake crime. Based on evidence and statements collected during a trip to Arkansas, Storm Lake investigators concluded Jeffrey was responsible for the Storm Lake robbery.

Jeffrey was previously convicted of a 2002 bank robbery in Harrisonville, Mo.

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