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Nebraska Man Charged with Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Omaha, Nebraska, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Bank Robbery.

Ferris Valentine, age 53, was indicted on August 6, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 9, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 25 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about November 15, 2016, Valentine aided and abetted by another person, took and attempted to take money belonging to the First National Bank located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a firearm. 

The charge is merely an accusation and Valentine is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey C. Clapper and Jeremy R. Jehangiri are prosecuting the case.   

Valentine was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for November 12, 2019.

Updated September 19, 2019