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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29, 2013

Wichita Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Bank Robbery

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Christopher A. Vangessel, 41, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Feb. 28, 2012, he robbed the UMB Bank branch at 130 N. Market in Wichita. He gave the teller a note directing her to give him money. After he got the money he left the bank.

Surveillance photos taken during the robbery were released to the public and a parole officer identified Vangessel as the robber.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch for their work on the case.

Updated December 15, 2014