A Wall Lake woman accused of aiding her husband in a string of area bank robberies faces up to five years in federal prison after she admitted her role in the crimes this week.
Roxena L. Schoon, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bank robbery, according to federal court records. It’s unclear when a judge will decide how much time she will serve in prison.
As part of that plea, prosecutors dropped six other charges against Schoon.
Schoon and husband Jeffrey A. Schoon, 48, were charged in June with up to eight crimes that stem from four bank robberies in Crawford and Sac counties and weapons violations. They faced more than 100 years in prison if convicted.
Court records show that Jeffrey Schoon will plead guilty next week to an unspecified number of the crimes. It’s unclear whether his plea deal is similar to the one offered to his wife.
The Schoons allegedly stole about $33,000 from banks in Early, Lytton, Odebolt and Vail over the course of three months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges.
Jeffrey Schoon’s daughter Brittany Schoon, 17, told investigators that her father admitted that he robbed at least one of the banks and told her how he did it, according to court records.
The Schoons drove to Las Vegas after the Vail robbery and married so that they wouldn’t be required to testify against each other if arrested, Brittany Schoon told investigators. Roxena Schoon’s previous surname was Doyle.
Jeffrey Schoon is accused of robbing the banks — sometimes with a weapon — and Roxena Schoon drove the getaway cars.
The Schoons were connected to the crimes in late March when Sac County Sheriff’s officials searched their Wall Lake house for an alleged gun crime and found a $20 bill that was stolen in one of the robberies and clothes that matched those used by the robber.