NW Iowa couple to be sentenced in bank robberies

Published On: Apr 17 2013 05:59:41 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2013 05:59:00 AM CDT
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -

A northwest Iowa man who robbed small-town banks with his wife is asking for a sentence that will perhaps let him see his teenage children again.

Jeffrey and Roxena Schoon will be sentenced Wednesday in Sioux City.

The couple has pleaded guilty to robbing four banks within 20 miles of their Wall Lake home in December 2011 and January 2012. Investigators say the pair then got married in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Schoon tells the judge in a letter that he's raised an 18-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

He's asking Bennett to adopt a plea agreement that requires a 15-year sentence. He says the average life span of someone with cystic fibrosis is 30, and the deal gives hope his family will someday be reunited.