Bank-robbery case moves
toward trial for Wall Lake couple
Monday, October 8, 2012
A Wall Lake man and woman accused of a string of area bank robberies have been unable to reach a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid a trial, federal court documents show.
Jeffrey Alan Schoon, 47, and Roxena Lee Schoon, 40, were each charged last month with eight crimes that stem from four bank robberies in Crawford and Sac counties and weapons violations.
Jeffrey Schoon’s daughter Brittany Schoon, 17, told investigators that her father admitted to her that he robbed at least one of the banks and told her how he did it.
Jeffrey and Roxena Schoon each face more than 100 years in federal prison if convicted of the crimes, yet have balked at plea agreements proposed by federal prosecutors, according to court documents filed last week.
An attorney wrote that “plea negotiations are ongoing but (Roxena Schoon) has expressed no interest in a plea.” Jeffrey Schoon’s attorney wrote “a plea agreement is not anticipated.”
A trial — which has been delayed twice — is set for Jan. 21 and would last an estimated three or four days, the court records show.
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. 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 allegedly 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.
Brittany Schoon said her father admitted to threatening people with a bomb in one of the robberies. Court records accuse Jeffrey Schoon of threatening to ignite a tall glass jar filled with gasoline — what is known as a Molotov cocktail.
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