By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
Two men accused of robbing an Andover bank pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiracy in connection with the crime.
William Kassel, 33, 110 21st St., No. 6, Camanche, and Jason Newsom, 35, 500 20th Ave. North, both pleaded guilty to first-degree conspiracy to commit theft, a Class D felony. Both defendants are charged with second-degree robbery, which is expected to be dismissed by the state.
According to court records, Kassel and Newsom drove to the Clinton National Bank in Andover on Nov. 1, planning to rob it. The defendants told Judge John Telleen Thursday that Kassel wrote a note to give to the teller. Newsom entered the bank and later exited it without any money.
Clinton County deputies located the defendants' vehicle at approximately 3:15 p.m. Nov. 1 in Clinton and stopped it on Bluff Boulevard at the intersection of Terrace Drive.
Both defendants were given $5,000 cash bonds for pre-sentencing release. The sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014.