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November 22, 2013

Two plead guilty in Andover case

CLINTON — Two area men admitted late Thursday morning to robbing an Andover bank earlier this month.

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. It can carry as much as five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7,500. Both defendants also are charged with second-degree robbery, which is expected to be dismissed by the state.

Kassel told Judge John Telleen that he picked Newsom up at 2 p.m. Nov. 1, and they decided to drive to the Clinton National Bank in Andover, for the purpose of “taking” money from it. Once they arrived at the bank, he quickly tore off a piece of paper and wrote a note asking a teller to give them money. Kassel added that Newsom took the note into the bank, while he waited in the car.

During his plea hearing, Newsom told the court that he entered the bank with the note and handed it to the teller. He added that she said she did not have any money in her drawer. Newsom exited the bank and both defendants drove away.

At 3 p.m. Nov. 1, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an attempted bank robbery, with the caller providing a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle involved. Deputies located the defendants’ vehicle around 3:15 p.m. 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.

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