A Sioux City woman who told authorities that she had been kidnapped and forced to rob a South Dakota bank with dynamite strapped to her body has pleaded guilty to robbery.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Tuesday that 39-year-old Marie Bock, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with bank robbery.
Prosecutors say Bock robbed a First Premier Bank in Sioux Falls in July with fake dynamite strapped to her chest. Bock told authorities that she had been kidnapped by two people and told that the bomb would go off if she didn't rob the bank.
Bock faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 14.
THE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL HAS GIVEN FINAL APPROVAL TO A NEW NOISE ORDINANCE REGARDING LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT IN THE CITY.
THE NEW ORDINANCE EXTENDS THE TIME ALLOWED FOR OUTDOOR CONCERTS AND SIMILAR EVENTS TO RUN UNTIL 1:30AM. IT ALSO DOUBLES THE AMOUNT OF VIOLATIONS ALLOWED FROM ONE TO TWO WITHIN A 12 MONTH PERIOD FOR A SOUND PERMIT TO BE DENIED.
COUNCILWOMAN RHONDA CAPRON, WHOSE BAR BUSINESS WOULD BENEFIT BY THE ORDINANCE, SUPPORTED THE MEASURE, WHILE MAYOR BOB SCOTT AND COUNCILMAN TOM PADGETT EXPRESSED SOME RESERVATIONS:
THE MEASURE PASSED 4-1, WITH ONLY COUNCILMAN KEITH RADIG VOTING NO.
A SIOUX CITY ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HONORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WITH ITS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD. MARVIN BERENSTEIN WAS HONORED BY THE UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE OF LAW AT A WEEKEND CEREMONY IN IOWA CITY.
BERENSTEIN, A 1961 GRADUATE, SAYS HE WAS CAUGHT BY SURPRISE WITH THE HONOR:
THE UNIVERSITY ALSO BROUGHT HIS FAMILY IN FOR THE CEREMONY TO ADD TO THE SURPRISE:
HE RAISED OVER 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LESS THAN A DAY TO GET THE SIOUX CITY "WELCOME HOME" PROJECT STARTED TO HELP THE HOMELESS IN SIOUXLAND.
BERENSTEIN IS A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, AS WELL AS THE IOWA BOARD OF REGENTS. HE WAS ALSO VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE VISION IOWA BOARD AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING SIOUX CITY COMPLETE THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER PROJECT. ------------------------