Williamsburg Bank Robber Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa - A 38-year-old Des Moines man who robbed the Keokuk County State Bank in Williamsburg in October 2010 has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison.

Ryan Jack Randles was sentenced after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a charge of bank robbery and, in commission of the robbery, assaulting another person, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Iowa.

As part of the plea deal, Randles admitted that on Oct. 20, 2010, he used force and violence or intimidation to take $5,676 from the Keokuk County State Bank and, during the crime, assaulted two people by pointing what appeared to be a gun at them, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Randles was sentenced in Cedar Rapids to 115 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $5,676 in restitution to the bank. After finishing his prison term, Randles must serve five years of supervised release.

His sentence will run consecutively to sentences imposed in Polk and Iowa counties for first-degree theft.

There is no parole in the federal system, and Randles is being held in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service until he can be taken back to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Randles originally was arrested in connection with two armed robberies in Williamsburg – one at the bank and one at the Best Western. He was charged with two counts of second degree robbery, fifth degree theft and second degree theft.

Officers found Randles after learning that he had left Williamsburg in a car belonging to a person he had been staying with for a few weeks. A nationwide alert was issued for that car, and it was discovered in late October 2010 at a hotel in West Des Moines.
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