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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 14, 2014

Missouri Man Sentenced To Federal PrisonFor Two Attempted Bank Robberies

KANSAS CITY, KAN. A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to 210 months in federal prison for two attempted bank robberies, including one in Anderson County, Kan., during which he exchanged shots with law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Daniel Lee Waddell, 29, Carthage, Mo., pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on March 5, 2013, he and co-defendant Stephen Hudson drove to Kincaid, Kan., where they attempted to rob the Citizens State Bank at 201 North Commercial Street. Hudson parked the car near the bank. Waddell got out and pulled on the bank’s doors only to find them locked. Waddell returned to the car and the two drove away from the bank. When law enforcement officers pursued them, Waddell fired his gun at the officers before he and Hudson were taken into custody.

Waddell also admitted that on July 2, 2012, he entered the Corner Stone Bank in Langan, Mo., armed with an SKS Chinese rifle. He walked up to a teller window and shouted: You’ve got five seconds to do what I say.” Bank employees dropped to the floor behind bullet proof glass and activated an alarm. Waddell fled the bank and drove away with Hudson at the wheel.

Waddell also told investigators he obtained the guns used in the bank robberies while assisting in the tornado cleanup in Joplin in May 2011.

Co-defendant Stephen Hudson is awaiting sentencing.

Grissom commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.