Cloud County man pleads guilty to planning bank robbery

TOPEKA, Kansas – A Cloud County man has pleaded guilty to planning a 2008 bank robbery in Jamestown.

Ryan Michael Steinert, 24, Concordia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he conspired with co-defendant Eric Lee Strait to rob the Jamestown State Bank on Nov. 14, 2008.

Strait entered the bank about 9:45 a.m. wearing a mask and brandishing a Remington, 12 gauge, pump-action shotgun. He filled a duffle bag with money and drove away.

Weeks before the robbery, Steinert conspired with Strait to plan the crime. Steinert admitted the following acts:

  • Accompanying Strait as Strait stole the shotgun used in the robbery.
  • Driving Strait to where the stolen car was hidden and helping to position the car prior to the robbery.
  • Helping wipe down the stolen vehicle to remove fingerprints and physical evidence.
  • Helping Strait dispose of the shotgun after the robbery.
  • Receiving a share of the stolen money.

Steinert’s sentencing is set for Oct. 9. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Co-defendant Eric Lee Strait pleaded guilty to bank robbery and is set for sentencing Aug. 5.

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