A man who was armed with a shotgun when he robbed a bank in Cloud County has been sentenced to federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday.
24 year old Eric Lee Strait formerly of Concordia, Kan., was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison. Strait was indicted in June 2012. The indictment alleged that on November 14th 2008, Strait carried a shotgun when he robbed the Jamestown State Bank in Jamestown.
In May, 24 year old Ryan Michael Steinert of Concordia was indicted on charges of conspiring with Strait to rob the bank. The indictment of Steinert alleged the two men worked together to plan the robbery. Strait was to do the robbery alone. Steinert agreed with Strait to steal a car to use in the robbery and to destroy the car after the robbery.
On Nov. 13, 2008, Strait stole a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in Clyde to use in the robbery. Steinert helped prepare the car for the robbery. The two would later split the proceeds of the robbery.
In July, Steinert pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. He is set for sentencing Oct. 9.
Grissom commended the FBI, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Cloud County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.
Story by News Director Dan Page at our sister-station KD Country 94 & Z-96.3 The Lake in Glen Elder, Kansas. http://www.kdcountry94.com.