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Two Iowa Men Plead Guilty To Robbery Conspiracy And Gun Charges

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March 27, 2013

Contact: Peter Deegan

Two Iowa men who conspired to rob a South Sioux City, Nebraska, business pled guilty March 26, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

Terrence Miles, age 20, from Sioux City, Iowa, and Austin Peters aka Austin Stadler, age 19, from Nemaha, Iowa, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of possessing a short-barreled rifle, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Information presented by the United States at the plea hearing revealed that on or about June 19, 2012, Miles and Peters and others met to plan the robbery of Seoul Foods, in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Miles, Peters and others acquired firearms and other weapons in furtherance of the robbery in Sioiux City, Iowa. One of these firearms was a weapon made from a rifle with a modified overall length of less than 26 inches. They traveled with the firearms and other weapons from Sioux City, Iowa, to South Sioux City, Nebraska. Miles and Peters entered, surveilled and left Seoul Foods. Miles and others entered an additional time, to rob the store, with Peters serving as lookout and getaway driver during the robbery.

Miles and others removed money and property from Seoul Foods, and then traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, after the robbery, and divided the stolen goods and money in Sioux City.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Miles and Peters remain in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy to commit robbery charge, Miles and Peters each face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the possession of a short-barreled rifle charge, Miles and Peters each face 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, Miles and Peters each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment which must be served consecutive to any other sentence.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 12-4083.

This case was investigated by officers of the Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department and the South Sioux City, Nebraska Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

 

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