Archive for Tuesday, December 14, 1999

BANK ROBBER ADMITS GUILT IN LAWRENCE HEIST

December 14, 1999

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An Overland Park man is facing up to 125 years in federal prison for four bank robberies, a car-jacking and firing a gun during a car-jacking. The crimes took place in Lawrence and in Overland Park.

Christopher George Nemmers, 22, entered guilty pleas on Monday for the crimes before U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers in federal court in Topeka.

The guilty pleas were entered for a car-jacking on Jan. 19 in Overland Park in which Nemmers fired a shot at the car owner's feet, then took the car to Lawrence, where he robbed the Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth.

He obtained $12,000 in the robbery, according to U.S. Atty. Jackie Williams' office.

About 24 hours after the robbery, the car that Nemmers took was recovered in a Kansas University parking lot.

Nemmers also pleaded guilty to using a gun and taking $60 from Emprise Bank, 2435 Iowa, on Jan. 9, Williams' office said.

In addition, Nemmers admitted stealing $3,800 from Commercial Federal Bank on Feb. 7, and to stealing $967 from Embassy Suites Hotel, in robberies in Overland Park.

Williams' office said Nemmers faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison, without parole, for car-jacking, a maximum of 25 years in prison for each robbery count and a minimum of 10 years in prison for using a gun during a car-jacking.

Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. March 10.

Nemmers was arrested Feb. 17 at Comfort Inn & Suites, 740 Iowa, after police showed a picture of him to motel managers around town.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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