Man Changes Plea To Guilty In Le Mars Bank Robbery Case

Le Mars, Iowa — One of the pair of Sioux City residents accused of robbing a Le Mars bank before attempting to make their getaway in a U-Haul truck — has changed his plea to “guilty” in the federal bank robbery case.

On December 12th, 2018, Le Mars Police say a man entered the Iowa State Bank branch in Le Mars and committed a robbery. Following the robbery, police say the robber, who they later identified as 32-year old Phillip White, along with a female later identified by police as 35-year old Karen Merrick of Sioux City, fled in a U-Haul rental truck. The truck was pursued by law enforcement from several agencies before being stopped, at which time White and Merrick were placed under arrest.

Police say the money was recovered from the U-Haul truck after the pair were arrested.

According to court records, White has changed his plea to “guilty.” Judge Kelly Mahoney says White did not plead guilty pursuant to a plea agreement. White faces a maximum prison term of 20 years. Court records indicate no sentencing date has yet been set.

Merrick has not changed her plea, and her trial has been continued to August 5th.



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