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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who robbed a bank in Sioux City, Iowa pled guilty March 27, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

Johnnie Hawkins, age 27, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of bank robbery.

Information presented by the United States at the plea hearing revealed that on November 10, 2012, Hawkins, who had previously been convicted of Burglary in 2004, robbed the Heritage Bank at 4530 Singing Hills Blvd in Sioux City, Iowa, of $5,954.00. While committing the robbery, Hawkins brandished a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and threatened and physically restrained a bank teller. It was also determined the handgun was stolen.

In addition, throughout the fall of 2012, Johnnie Hawkins trafficked and distributed illegal drugs in and around Sioux City, Iowa.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hawkins remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Hawkins faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-4116.

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

Updated February 19, 2015