SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Nebraska man of robbing the identical financial institution in South Dakota twice in a 12 months’s time.
Ferris Valentine was convicted of two counts of financial institution theft Thursday in Sioux Falls.
The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in South Dakota says the 54-year-old Omaha man and a companion robbed the First Nationwide Financial institution in Sioux Falls on Nov. 15, 2016.
Valentine and his companion rented a automotive in Omaha and drove to Sioux Falls. Valentine, armed with a handgun, demanded cash from the financial institution tellers and the financial institution’s vault. They fled earlier than police arrived.
Prosecutors say in November 2017, Valentine robbed the identical financial institution once more, carrying a masks, as he did within the first theft, and once more used a gun. He grabbed cash from the vault and left earlier than police acquired to the financial institution.
DNA was taken from the primary theft scene in 2016. A match to Valentine’s companion in 2018 led regulation enforcement to Valentine, the Argus Leade r reported.
A complete estimated $278,000 was taken from the robberies, in response to authorities.
Valentine is scheduled to be sentenced on Might 10.
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