Steinert pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer
Ryan Steinert, 24, Concordia, has pleaded guilty in federal court to planning to rob the Jamestown State Bank in 2008.
James Cross, public information officers for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, said Steinert pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he conspired with co-defendant Eric Strait, a former Concordian, to rob the bank. Strait was arrested in November 2012, and pleaded guilty in May to one count of bank robbery.
On Nov. 18, 2008, Strait entered the Jamestown State Bank at about 9:45 a.m. wearing a mask and brandishing a Remington, 12 gauge, pump-action shotgun. He filled a duffle bag with approximately $5,600 in cash, and drove away in a stolen car.
Weeks before the robbery, Steinert conspired with Strait to plan the crime. Steinert admitted to accompanying Strait as Strait stole the shotgun that was used in the robbery.
On or about Nov. 13, 2008, Strait stole a vehicle from Clyde to use it during the robbery. Steinert admitted that he helped Strait by driving him to where the stolen car was hidden and helped to position the car prior to the robbery, as well as helping wipe down the vehicle to remove fingerprints and physical evidence. Steinert also admitted that he helped Strait dispose of the shotgun after the robbery, and received a share of the stolen money.
Steinert's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 9. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Strait's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

NEWS

Volunteers create mosaic for new playground

 Hundreds of volunteers wielding hammers and drills will descend on the construction site of Concordia's new destination playground next week, but much of the detail work began months ago.  The creators of Cloudville's most intricate feature, a 10-by-3-foot mosaic of... [More]

Medical Director of the Year

thumb

Cloud County Health Center Chief of Staff Dr. Justin Poore (left) was recently awarded the Kansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association's Medical Director of the Year award. This award honors special accomplishments, innovations, fresh ideas and significant contributions... [More]

For the record 4-18-14

Fire Dept./EMS Report At 8:47a.m., Thursday, Medic-5, Truck-1 went to the 400 block of West 10th and transported a 62-year-old female to Cloud County Health Center. At 2:08 p.m., Thursday, Medic-5, Rescue-1, Truck-1, Truck-2 went to Highway 24 and 90th Road for a one motor vehicle... [More]

More News

SPORTS

Panthers drop pair of league games to Wamego

WAMEGO — Concordia's reign atop the North Central Kansas League is in jeopardy after suffering a pair of losses to Wamego on Thursday. The Panthers, who have won five straight baseball league titles, fell 6-5 and 6-0 to the Red Raiders, and are now 0-2 in league play. “Right... [More]

Rimrodt places second in singles

thumb

 Concordia's Marcel Rimrodt placed second in number one singles in the tennis quadrangular the Panthers hosted on Thursday. Rimrodt suffered his only loss 8-6 to Gabe Johnson, Abilene, in the opening round. He then shut out Jacob Drey, Marysville, 8-0 and Paul Meyer, St.... [More]

More Sports

OPINIONS

Letter to the Editor 4-18-14

Dear Editor,   Questions that need answers? 1. Why should we sign up for the Special Civility Pledge? 2. Isn't the “Bill of Rights” still acceptable?        3. Aren't the Ten Commandments still taught? 4. What happened to the... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos