September 18, 2014

Wall Lake couple sentenced in connection with 4 bank robberies

A Wall Lake couple has been sentenced in connection with the robbery of four banks. In December, 48-year-old Jeffrey Alan Schoon and 40-year-old Roxena Lee Schoon pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robberies.

Jeffrey also pled guilty to four counts of bank robbery and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a conspiracy. They were sentenced Wednesday, with Jeffrey Schoon receiving 15 years in prison.

In addition, he must pay over $32,000 in restitution to the banks. Roxena Schoon was sentenced to five years in prison. Court records state the Schoons robbed the Iowa State Bank in Odebolt on December 29th 2011, on January 11th of last year they robbed the Citizens First National Bank in Early, on January 28th, 2012, they robbed the Westside State Bank in Vail, and finally, on March 23rd, 2012, they robbed the Heritage Bank in Lytton.

All the banks were within 20 miles of their home in Wall Lake. Jefferey Schoon admitted to carrying guns and a Molotov Cocktail during the robberies.

By Joel Hermann, KAYL, Storm Lake