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Bank Robbery Havelock

Police respond to a reported bank robbery on April 13 at Great Western Bank lin Havelock.

Journal Star file photo

A Lincoln man Wednesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery for a spree last year where employees were pepper-sprayed and threatened with real-looking pellet guns.

Israel Holmes, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison at his sentencing in June.

Julian Huffman, 23, pleaded guilty to the same charge last week and is set for sentencing in May. Three others — Kiana Stabler, Crystal Stabler and Kaylene Stabler — all are set to enter pleas in the coming weeks.

In court Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Woods described seven bank robberies at Pinnacle Bank, Great Western Bank and Lincoln Federal Savings branches in Lincoln that together added up to $49,338 in stolen cash.

In the last robbery, a Lincoln police officer thwarted Holmes' getaway after staking out the branch as part of a citywide surveillance effort to stop the thieves.

In the indictment, which details the conspiracy, Woods said Holmes and co-conspirators threatened bank employees with realistic-looking BB guns and pepper spray and concealed their identities by wearing hoodies, surgical masks or bandannas that they dumped after the robberies.


Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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