Rugby Native Sentenced in Bank Robbery
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on April 18, 2017, Rondal Franklin Heitsch, 52, of Rugby, ND, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of Bank Robbery; Heitsch pled guilty to the charge on January 20, 2017.
Judge Hovland sentenced Heitsch to five years and three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Heitsch was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.
On September 21, 2016, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Heitsch entered Bremer Bank, located at 710 South Washington Street, Bismarck, North Dakota, handed one of the bank teller’s a note in which he demanded money and, after receiving the money, left the bank. No weapon was possessed or used. Police canvassed the area and quickly located Heitsch, who was found to be in possession of the stolen money.
The case was investigated by the Bismarck Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.