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Witt pleads guilty to Pioneer Credit Union robbery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:56

A McCook man was set for sentencing after pleading guilty to robbing a credit union in Palisade last April.

Joel Witt, 36, pleaded guilty to bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence in U.S. District Court in Lincoln on Monday.

Joel Witt

According to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star, the government stated in a written plea agreement that Witt went into the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in Palisade the morning of April 18 wearing a mask and gloves and carrying a dark bag and a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle.

As he approached the teller window, he operated the extraction slide on the weapon, pointed it at the tellers and demanded money, leaving with $11,576 in a green station wagon.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers stopped Witt about an hour later near Grant and recovered the firearm and the money.

Witt faces up to 25 years on the bank robbery charge and a mandatory 10-year consecutive sentence on the firearm charge when he is sentenced Feb. 13.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:59