Serial bank robber accepts amended guilty plea

Serial bank robber Joseph Kruger officially accepted his guilty plea bargain Tuesday morning.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:58 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Serial bank robber Joseph Kruger officially accepted his guilty plea bargain Tuesday morning.  Kruger was accused of robbing several banks in the Tippecanoe county area throughout the late summer and fall of 2019.

There were some discrepancies about if the incident at the Centier Bank in West Lafayette was an armed robbery. Kruger said at his January plea bargain meeting that he left his BB gun in his car. On Tuesday the state offered a new plea deal by amending that count to attempted armed robbery, which Kruger accepted.

Additionally, he pled guilty to one count of armed robbery, two counts of robbery and being a habitual offender.
His sentencing is set for Tuesday, March 31st. He’s facing up to 64 years in prison.

As we previously reported, Kruger was arrested at a Shelbyville hotel early on October 23. He was suspected of playing a role in the Centier Bank robbery on August 5, the Regions Bank robbery on August 26, The Horizon's Bank robbery on October 3, and the Centier Bank robbery on October 22. 

 

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