MUNCIE, Ind. – The leader in a 2009 armed robbery of $250,000 at Industrial Centre CU was sentenced to 60 years behind bars on Tuesday, just a few days after his partner got a 20-year sentence.
The longer sentence meted out to Stanley Wills, 33, was based on the jury’s finding that Wills, who had a prior armed-robbery conviction, was a habitual offender. His partner, John Repass, now 37, was sentenced to 20 years last Friday.
Defense attorneys asked the judge to consider the impact a long sentence would have on Wills’ 10 children. Prosecutors and the judge, however, noted efforts by Wills to avoid paying child support.
The two men were masked and armed with handguns when they burst into the branch in April 2009, 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.
Wills was convicted on four charges of armed robbery and criminal confinement.
Wills’ girlfriend is scheduled to enter a guilty plea to an unspecified charge on Oct. 22.