|McCook man indicted in Palisade robbery|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 29 April 2011 16:49|
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze
A 36-year-old McCook man arrested in connection with last week’s armed robbery of the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in Palisade has been indicted.
U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced last week that the Federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska returned an indictment against a rural McCook man in connection with the robbery of the credit union. Joel L. Witt is charged in a two-count indictment.
Count I charges Witt with bank robbery of the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in Palisade. It alleges that on the morning of April 18 he obtained $11,576 in the robbery.
The maximum penalty, if convicted, includes 25 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, a three-year supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Count II alleges Witt used a firearm during the bank robbery which brings a maximum penalty, if convicted, of seven years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
Witt was arrested in Perkins County by a Nebraska state trooper later in the morning on the day of the credit union robbery. The trooper stopped Witt’s vehicle on Nebraska State Highway 23 east of Grant because the vehicle matched the description of the robber’s car.
Witt has lived in the Palisade area during various times in his life as well as living in Wauneta for a short time.