CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – A Monticello man convicted of robbing an eastern Iowa bank on his birthday last year was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Friday.
Joseph Kripner had pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in the case last August, while the robbery of Security State Bank in Springville happened on June 1. Court notes show Kripner displayed what appeared to be a gun to a teller during the heist, while making off with $3,988 in cash he stashed in a plastic shopping bag.
Kripner fled to Colorado following the robbery, and was apprehended by National Park Service Rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park on June 18. Rangers found Kripner with the same car he used in the robbery, along with nearly $600 in cash on him and the pellet gun that was used in the robbery 17 days earlier. Court records also show Kripner’s distinctive tattoos may have also helped authorities to identify him in Colorado.
Kripner was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids on Friday, and will also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison time.