A former Backus man has confessed to the 1995 robbery of the Emily branch of the First National Bank of Crosby, according to sheriff's officials.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reported John Robert Sexton, 38, confessed to the Emily robbery after being arrested in connection with another bank robbery in Longville.
Paul Wysopal, special agent at the FBI's Bemidji office, said Sexton will not be charged for the Emily bank robbery. Part of his plea agreement in the Longville robbery stipulated that he admit to the Emily robbery.
Wysopal said Sexton pleaded guilty to the Longville robbery on Nov. 5, 1999, and on March 3 he was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison.
The sheriff's department report stated the Emily branch of the First National Bank of Crosby was held up by a lone individual armed with a rifle on Oct. 6, 1995. During the robbery the individual fired one shot from the rifle. No one was injured and the bank robber escaped with an unannounced amount of cash.
The bank robbery was investigated by the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the FBI and other agencies in Crow Wing and Cass counties.
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