Quenemo man sentenced for bank robbery

KANSAS CITY—A Quenemo man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for helping to rob a Franklin County bank, U.S. Attorney Barr Grissom said.

Robert Martin, 39, Quenemo, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, to one count of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted he took part in the March 19, robbery of Goppert State Service Bank at 118 East Franklin Street in Pomona. He said he drove to the bank with co-defendant Caleb Jeffcoat. He gave Jeffcoat a mask and BB gun that had been altered to make it look more like a real gun. Jeffcoat entered the bank and robbed a teller.

Investigators used video surveillance from a Dollar General store and a gas station in Pomona to identify the robber.

Co-defendants Caleb Jeffcoat, 26, and Christel Collins, 37, both of Quenemo, are awaiting sentencing.

Grissom commended the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ottawa Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, the Franklin County Attorney’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask for their work on the case.

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