MUNCIE, Ind. – A man convicted over a year ago of the 2009 armed robbery of $250,000 at Industrial Centre CU, one of the largest bank robberies ever in Indiana, was sentenced Friday to 20 years behind bars.
John Repass, 37, had pleaded guilty to armed robbery in April 2011, after striking a deal that called for him to testify against his co-defendant.
Repass and Stanley Wills, now 33, were masked and armed with handguns when they burst into the branch, took the male employees to a back room and the female employees to the vault, then left with $250,355. One victim of the holdup said a gun was held so tightly against his forehead it left an indentation. Two other employees of the credit union said they believed the robbers planned to shoot them.
Repass was arrested a few weeks later in Midvale City, Utah, where authorities found money taken in the holdup, and money wrappers believed to have held more than $218,000 in cash.
Repass was sentenced only after he testified at Wills’ trial in late July, where Wills was convicted on four charges of armed robbery and criminal confinement.
Wills was also found guilty of being a habitual offender, a status that could add up to 12 years to the prison term when he is sentenced Tuesday.
Wills’ girlfriend is scheduled to enter a guilty plea to an unspecified charge on Oct. 22.