Jeffrey A. Schoon
Jeffrey A. Schoon
March 7, 2013

The Wall Lake man who has pleaded guilty to several federal crimes for a string of area bank robberies in 2011 and 2012 struck a deal with prosecutors in December to serve 15 years in prison for the charges.

But court records show that U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett might deviate from that agreement.

"The court will make that determination at the end of the sentencing hearing in this case," he wrote.

Jeffrey A. Schoon, 48, faces up to life in prison for the six crimes - including bank robbery and weapons charges - to which he pleaded guilty.

Bennett wrote that Schoon has the option to rescind his guilty pleas if Bennett disregards the terms of Schoon's agreement with prosecutors and sentences Schoon to more time in prison.

Schoon and wife Roxena L. Schoon, 40, were charged in June with eight crimes that stem from four bank robberies in Crawford and Sac counties and for weapons violations. Roxena Schoon is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

Under her plea agreement, prosecutors will drop six of the eight federal charges and have asked a judge to sentence her to five years in prison.

The date of Jeffrey Schoon's sentencing hearing has not been set.

The Schoons allegedly stole about $33,000 from banks in Early, Lytton, Odebolt and Vail over the course of three months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges.

Jeffrey Schoon's daughter Brittany Schoon, 17, told investigators that her father admitted that he robbed at least one of the banks and told her how he did it, according to court records.

The Schoons drove to Las Vegas after the Vail robbery and married so that they wouldn't be required to testify against each other if arrested, Brittany Schoon told investigators. Roxena Schoon's previous surname was Doyle.

Jeffrey Schoon is accused of robbing the banks - sometimes with a weapon - and Roxena Schoon drove the getaway cars.

The Schoons were connected to the crimes in late March when Sac County Sheriff's officials searched their Wall Lake house for an alleged gun crime and found a $20 bill that was stolen in one of the robberies and clothes that matched those used by the robber.