Armed Robbers Sentenced
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Senior United States District Judge Lyle E. Strom sentenced Anthony Aranda to 10 years, 10 months’ imprisonment and Jamie Speelman to 12 years, 3 months’ imprisonment for their involvement in robberies that occurred in November of 2013. Both defendants pled guilty to the crimes that occurred in the Omaha, Nebraska area. While they listed no permanent address, they are from the Sioux City area.
On November 22, 2013, at approximately 3:30 a.m. the defendants stole a GMC Sierra pickup at gunpoint near 17th and N streets. The owner was outside brushing snow off her car as she prepared to go to work. At about 10:25 pm the same day, Aranda and Speelman robbed the Midtown Gas and Grocery located at 1222 S. 24th street. They each entered the store with a gun, demanded money, and left with approximately $435.00. Aranda pled guilty to carjacking and brandishing a firearm. He received a sentence of 3 years and 10 months on the carjacking and an additional 7 years for brandishing a firearm. Speelman pled guilty to the Midtown robbery for which she received a sentence of 5 years and 3 months and an additional 7 years for brandishing a firearm. By statute the sentences on the firearms charges have to be served after they have served their time on the carjacking and robbery charges.
The case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.