OMAHA | A Bancroft, Nebraska, man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison for robbing a Bancroft bank.
Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Jeffrey Bonneau, 38, to 30 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $200 special assessment. Bonneau pleaded guilty in November in U.S. District Court in Omaha to bank robbery and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Bonneau walked into First Bank of Bancroft on April 20 wearing a dark motorcycle helmet and demanded money from the tellers, who recognized his voice. Bonneau fled on an ATV after taking $6,745 from the bank. Officers tracked him to a grove of trees, where he brandished a handgun. After taking cover and waiting for 15 minutes, officers heard Bonneau fire a shot before fleeing on the ATV.
Bonneau rolled the ATV and was hospitalized for several days because of his injuries.
Authorities recovered approximately $1,020 in cash from Bonneau's hiding spot and another $4,205 that had been placed in a tree. Bonneau later admitted to robbing the bank and directed officers to the money.
Lenn Zuhlke, 56, of Bancroft has also pleaded guilty to bank robbery, admitting to picking up Bonneau on the day of the robbery and driving him to the vehicle he used before and after robbing the bank. Zuhlke is scheduled to be sentenced March 19.