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Finlayson Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 6:52 am

Jason Lee McLevis, 26, pleaded guilty, Tuesday, in Minneapolis to robbing the Northview Bank in Finlayson in July. McLevis made his plea before United States District Court Judge Ann Montgomery. He faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. His sentencing date is yet not yet scheduled.

According to his plea agreement, McLevis admitted that he used force, violence and intimidation to take approximately $2,969 from a teller at the Northview Bank, on July 11th.

According to and FBI affidavit, McLevis entered the bank wearing a mask around 11:15 a.m. He walked up to an unattended teller station, went around the counter to the back of the station and removed money from the teller’s drawer placing it into a black bag. While exiting the bank, McLevis point a knife at the receptionist and drove away in a Ford pickup truck.

Law enforcement made a traffic stop on I-35 in Hinckley on a vehicle that matched the description of McLevis’. He was then arrested and officers recovered approxiamately $2,995, a knife, a mask, and clothing worn in the robbery.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office assisted the FBI and Minnesota State Patrol in the investigation.

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