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Sioux City Bank Robber Sentenced To Federal Prison

September 7, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who has a lengthy and violent criminal history was sentenced September 7, 2012, to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Stephan Hall, age 53, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 13, 2012, guilty plea to one count of bank robbery.

Evidence presented by the United States at the guilty plea and two-day sentencing revealed Hall has a lengthy and violent criminal history. As a juvenile he was adjudicated delinquent and court-ordered to the State Training School in Eldora, and as an adult he had been convicted of robbery, assault twice, unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon twice, burglary twice, escape, domestic abuse twice, and several other offenses.

On February 13, 2012, in Sioux City, Iowa, at about 10:00 am, Hall committed his most recent crime when he entered the First National Bank at 1703 Pierce Street in Sioux City, Iowa, and changed two dollars into coins with a female teller. A little before 1:00 pm that same day, defendant reentered the bank, approached the same teller. The teller said good-morning and asked how she could again be of help. Hall placed a note on the counter and said: "do what's on the note and no one will get hurt." When the shocked teller failed to immediately act, Hall again demanded: "do what's on the note and no one will get hurt."

The teller looked down at the note and read it. It said: "Large bills, no clips, no alarms. No one will get hurt." The teller was scared into complying with the note. For example, because she was scared and did not want to get hurt: she did not give him any bait money; she did not trigger an alarm, and before she gave him any small bills she asked his permission. When he reached for the money she had gathered, she dropped it out of fear. Hall left the bank with the stolen money, and the teller and her colleagues phoned 911 for help.

Quick action by law enforcement and the citizenry resulted in the positive identification of defendant as the bank robber and discovery of his planned escape route, which included a flight out of Omaha.

Hall was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. Hall was sentenced to 125 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term, and he was ordered to make $3292 in restitution to First National Bank. There is no parole in the federal system.

Hall is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-4027.

The case was investigated by officers of the Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department and special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.



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