blue springs man pleads guilty to bank robbery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing Bank 21 in Blue Springs.
Roy K. Miller, Jr., 33, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charge contained in a June 15, 2011, federal indictment.
By pleading guilty today, Miller admitted that he stole $5,126 from Bank 21, 3301 S.W. Hwy. 7, Blue Springs. According to court documents, Miller entered the bank at approximately 4:13 p.m. on May 17, 2011. He used a blank deposit slip from the counter in the bank’s lobby to write a demand note, which he placed on a teller counter. The teller handed Miller all of the money from her cash drawer and he left the bank.
Blue Springs police officers responded to the bank alarm and saw Miller running through a wooded area in the vicinity of Lake Shore and Lexington streets. Miller led officers on a foot chase while dropping large amounts of money on the ground along the way, but was apprehended and arrested.
Under federal statutes, Miller is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Davids. It was investigated by the FBI and the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department.