A 23-year-old Lawrence man is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 25 in federal court after pleading guilty to a May 24 bank robbery in Topeka.
Paul Stewart Wade changed his not guilty plea to guilty on Nov. 26, according to U.S. District Court records. Wade was charged with robbing a Topeka U.S. Bank at 1064 Wanamaker Road.
In court documents, federal investigators accuse Wade of giving a teller a note stating: “This is a robbery give me all the money in both your drawers or I will use my gun." The teller never saw a gun.
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper later arrested Wade in Ellis County on Interstate 70, and the complaint alleges authorities recovered from Wade's vehicle a pillowcase containing money, which matched evidence from the robbery. Family members told police Wade had taken the family car from their Lawrence residence that afternoon, and they believed he was headed to Colorado where he attended college.
Additional court documents about have been sealed by a federal judge. Wade could face up to 20 years in prison.