Sheldon Bank Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty

Sioux City, Iowa — The man who federal authorities say they believe robbed the Sheldon branch of Iowa State Bank nearly two years ago, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

According to authorities, 38-year-old Leon Sutton was arrested in March in a Chicago suburb. He is charged with one count of bank robbery by force or violence and one count of violent crime/drugs/machine gun by the FBI. Court records say Sutton, a Sheldon resident, pleaded guilty to one charge of bank robbery on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023.

No sentencing date has been set, but his plea agreement recommends eight years in prison and five years of supervised release.

Sutton’s arrest stems from the investigation into the June 3, 2021 armed robbery of Iowa State Bank in Sheldon. He was scheduled to go on trial on June 5th of this year, two days after the second anniversary of the robbery.

The FBI took over the investigation the day of the robbery.

KIWA’s earlier coverage of this case may be viewed below………