An former southwest Iowa police officer, who pleaded guilty to robbing a Cass County bank, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison.
In addition to his 150 month prison term, U-S District Court Judge Harold Vietor sentenced 41-year-old Richard Dean Swope to serve a five-year period of supervised release following his incarceration. He will also be required to pay restitution and $200 to the crime victim’s reparations fund.
On July 26th, Swope plead guilty to one count of bank robbery and one-count of use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence.
The charges stemmed from the August 8th, 2006, robbery of the First National Bank in Anita. Swope — a former Anita and Corning police officer — entered the bank not long after it opened, and during the course of the robbery, fired a shot into a wall before making-off with a little over $5000 in cash. He was arrested at his home in Atlantic a shortly thereafter.