Fremont man convicted of aggravated bank robbery, sentenced to life

(Omaha, NE) -- A bank robber is sentenced to life in federal prison.

The United States Attorney's Office say on Friday, 65 year old Anthony Wayne Hall of Fremont, was sentenced for Aggravated Bank Robbery. Hall will serve a life sentence under the federal “three strikes” law.

Federal Prosecutors say that the evidence at trial showed that on November 21, 2019, Hall, armed with a realistic-looking replica revolver, robbed the First State Bank in Fremont. Hall then left town with roughly $10,000 in cash after walking one bank employee to his vehicle under threat of being shot. A customer who attempted to enter the bank during the robbery was the first to call 911.

On November 22, 2019, officers in Saint Joseph, Missouri attempted to stop Hall’s blue Chevrolet Camaro, but he fled and then crashed into a pole. Hall fled on foot and could not be located. Hall then purchased a white Chevrolet Impala.

On November 30, 2019, officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to stop the Impala after noticing that the license plates did not match the vehicle. A high-speed pursuit ensued before the Impala crashed into a tree. Hall again fled on foot. Law enforcement located replica firearms, knives, and other items near the crash scene. The next day, a trooper encountered Hall at a nearby gas station and Hall indicated that he was the driver who had fled the night before. Among the cash found on Hall’s person were five bills known to have been taken in the First State Bank robbery.

Hall, who had relocated to Fremont from Indiana about two months prior to the First State Bank robbery, has previously been convicted of murder, rape, and seven prior armed robberies. Hall had been released from prison on his prior convictions in 2018.

FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge Eugene Kowel said, “Anthony Hall’s career of committing violent crimes ended today. A mandatory life sentence means he will no longer be free to rob and menace our community. The FBI will always work with our law enforcement partners to hold violent criminals like Hall accountable for their actions.”

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp added, “Hall is the poster child for the type of offender who needs to be targeted for prosecution and long-term removal from society. He has earned his life sentence.”

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