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.