Appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday, Jeffrey David Ross pleaded guilty to the Dec. 22 armed robbery of a Pine River bank.
Ross, 41, Ironton, also pleaded guilty to a previous federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm, said Karen Bailey, media coordinator for the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. That charge stems from a separate federal indictment following a Sept. 14 burglary in Crosslake.
During a plea hearing before Judge Joan N. Ericksen, Ross admitted using a pellet gun to rob $1,241 from the U.S. Bank in Pine River, the U.S. attorney's office reported.
Following the bank robbery, Ross led officers from several law enforcement agencies on a 45-minute pursuit through Cass and Crow Wing counties.
During the pursuit Ross intentionally rammed Crosslake Police Chief Robert Hartman's squad car, stole two vehicles at gunpoint and attempted to force his way into a group home.
A federal grand jury Feb. 23 indicted Ross on a charge of bank robbery and two charges of robbery of a motor vehicle. Bailey said it was anticipated the two charges of robbery of a motor vehicle would be dismissed at Ross' sentencing.
No sentencing date has been set, Bailey said.
Ross faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for felon in possession of a firearm and up to 25 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for armed bank robbery. The sentence will be determined by Ericksen.
Ross continues to be held without bail in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Superior, Wis., in the Douglas County Jail.
In Crow Wing County District Court, Ross has been charged with two counts of felony first-degree aggravated robbery, two counts of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony fleeing a police officer in connection with the Dec. 22 bank robbery. No Crow Wing County Court date has been set, the court administrator's office reported.
Ross has five previous convictions in Minnesota, including four felony convictions. He was sentenced to four previous prison terms.
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