Morris Dean Thompson, III, 27, of Gays, Illinois, was sentenced Friday to 92 months imprisonment in connection with three bank robberies in Southeast Iowa and one in Kentucky. The announcement came from United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced Nicholas Zasareti to three years supervised release following imprisonment and restitution to the victims of the robberies.On April 9, 2010, Thompson and Zasareti robbed the Community First Credit Union in Ottumwa, Iowa. A few hours later, the pair robbed the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. On August 17, 2010, Thompson alone robbed the PNC Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, and on September 16, 2010, Zasareti and Thompson again robbed the Wayland State Bank in Mt. Pleasant. A total of over $27,500 was taken during the four robberies.Shortly after the Wayland State Bank robbery on September 16, 2010, an alert Trooper of the Iowa State Patrol observed a suspicious van eastbound from Mt. Pleasant and recorded the license number. Detectives later learned from the van TMs registered owner that the van had been borrowed by Zasareti and Thompson. After evidence from the bank robbery scenes linked Zasareti and Thompson to the robberies, they were arrested in Central Illinois. Thompson TMs arrest involved a high speed vehicle chase and followed by pursuit on foot.The case was investigated by the Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant Police Departments, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney TMs Office, Southern District of Iowa.
Release provided by United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt Southern District of Iowa