Crime

Kansas City, Kan., man sentenced to eight years for driving getaway car in bank robbery

A Kansas City, Kan., man who drove the getaway car during the armed robbery of an Excelsior Springs bank was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District to six years and eight months in federal prison.

Steven Dale Robinson, 23, pleaded guilty to his role in robbery on Nov. 13. After the robbery at the Bank Midwest branch at 201 N. Jesse James Road, Robinson led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed into a tree in Liberty.

Virginia and Charles Spencer, a brother and sister from Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to stealing $11,883 from the branch.

During the robbery, Charles Spencer waved a .32-caliber revolver around the bank. Virginia Spencer concluded the heist with “have a nice day” as the two ran to a car driven by Robinson.

The sentencing hearings for the Spencers have not yet been scheduled.

Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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