Iowa Couple to be Sentenced in Bank Robberies


By Rachel Begle

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man who robbed banks with his wife is asking for a sentence that perhaps will let him see his teenage children again.

Jeffrey and Roxena Schoon are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Sioux City.

The couple have pleaded guilty to robbing four banks within 20 miles of their Wall Lake home in December 2011 and January 2012. Investigators say the pair then got married in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Schoon tells the judge in a letter that he's raised an 18-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son who has cystic fibrosis.

Jeffrey Schoon asks the judge to adopt a plea agreement that requires a 15-year sentence. He says the average life span of someone with cystic fibrosis is 30, so the deal gives hope his family someday will be reunited.
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