Sioux Falls Man Sentenced For Great Western Bank Robbery
US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man charged with bank robbery was sentenced on January 18, 2013, by US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Alvione Anthony Jones, age 22, was sentenced to 70 months in custody and ordered to pay over $1,600 in restitution.
Jones was indicted for bank robbery by a federal grand jury on July 10, 2012. In June of 2012, the bank manager for the Great Western Bank, located at North Sycamore Avenue in Sioux Falls, arrived at the bank and prepared to open the bank for business. In the parking lot of the bank, Alvione Anthony Jones approached him. After some conversation, Jones displayed what appeared to be a black handgun. He then forced the manager into the bank and directed him to open the bank safe. The safe was opened, and Jones received over $60,000 in various US denominations. Jones then fled the scene. Law enforcement later located Jones in his apartment where they found various items that were used in the robbery. Jones was interviewed and admitted his participation in the robbery of the Great Western Bank. He pled guilty to bank robbery on October 29, 2012.
This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and the FBI. Assistant US Attorney Dennis R. Holmes prosecuted the case.
Jones was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.