Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Friend to Rob Bank in Cloud County

TOPEKA, KS—A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to soliciting a friend to rob a bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Landon Bridgman Hedstrom, 19, Belleview, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to commit bank robbery. In his plea, Hedstrom admitted he was working at a branch of Citizens National Bank in Concordia, Kansas when he urged a friend to rob the bank. Hedstrom planned for his friend to rob the bank while only Hedstrom and one other employee were working. Hedstrom planned to feign fear and to take the other employee aside so she could not trip the alarm too early. Hedstrom drew a map of the inside of the bank showing where the cash would be located.

Hedstrom’s friend did not try to rob the bank. He turned the information over to law enforcement.

Sentencing is set for August 13. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $125,000. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.

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