Concordia man sentenced for role in robbery

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer


 A Concordia man has been sentenced for his part in the 2008 robbery of the Jamestown State Bank.
 Ryan Steinert, 24, had pled guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, and was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in federal prison.
 James Cross, public information officer for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, said Steinert was also ordered to pay approximately $5,600 in restitution. He will also be on federal probation for two years after his release from prison.
 Earlier this month, Eric Lee Strait, 24, formerly of Concordia, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for robbing the Jamestown State Bank on Nov. 14, 2008.
 At 9:30 that morning in 2008, Strait entered the bank wearing a mask and brandishing a shotgun. He filled a duffel bag with approximately $5,600 in cash, and drove away in a stolen car. Strait was arrested in November 2012, and pled guilty in May 2013 to one count of bank robbery.
 In May 2013, Steinert was indicted on charges of conspiring with Strait to commit the robbery. The indictment alleged the two men worked together to plan the robbery. Strait was to rob the bank alone. Steinert was to destroy the car, a 2002 Chevy Malibu stolen from Clyde, after the robbery.
 Strait stole the car the day before the robbery and  Steinert helped prepare it before the robbery took place. Afterward, he wiped the car down to remove fingerprints and physical evidence. The two later planned to split the proceeds from the robbery.
 Steinert had faced a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

NEWS

For the record 8-20-14

Police Dept. Report Arrest—Officers arrested Erin Crawford, 21, Concordia, at 5:10 p.m., Aug. 19, in the 100 block of West 6th Street on a Cloud County Warrant for Failure to Comply. Crawford was transported to Cloud County Law Enforcement Center. Fire Dept./EMS Report... [More]

County officials give reports at monthly meeting

Cloud County board of commissioners had its monthly meeting with county officials as part of their regular session Monday morning and heard the following reports: COUNTY CLERK Linda Bogart reported her office is completing all of the reporting requirements for the August Primary... [More]

For the record 8-19-14

Police Dept. Report  Arrests—Officers arrested James D. Ninemire, 40, Concordia, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Aug. 19, in the 900 block of Archer Street charging him with Driving Under the Influence, Transporting an Open Container, Possession of Marijuana and Possession... [More]

More News

SPORTS

Local gymnasts compete

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gymnasts representing the Concordia Gymnastics Center competed in the 2014 Junior Olympics.  Katie Thompson, Concordia, captured first place in the all-around in the Level 7, 18-year-old division. She was first on the bars, first in the floor exercise,... [More]

Blues advance to semifinals of state tournament

WATHENA – The Concordia Blues advanced to the semifinals of the Class AA State American Legion baseball tournament with a 9-6 win over Larned here last night. The Blues are one of just two unbeaten teams remaining in the double elimination tournament. Fort Scott, also unbeaten... [More]

More Sports

OPINIONS

Prairie Pondering

Times not to be forgotten . . .  A recent headline declares “Music complements life.”  Does it ever! But the immediate reaction to that headline was thinking that, hopefully, we soon could be hearing early band practice. It gets me out of bed on lazy... [More]

In the mean time

 Under August 20, “Touchstones,” a book of daily meditations for men, has this to offer, “Spiritual growth is the result of coming face-to-face with our own situation, feeling the brunt of our own puzzlement, recognizing no recipe will apply completely,... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos