Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 16, 2013

Continuance granted for bank robbery suspect

By RICK HAYES
rick.hayes@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — — A suspect in two Jefferson County bank robberies requested, and was granted a continuance, for arraignment in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Wilson, 41, of Waltonville, appeared with his court-appointed attorney Todd Ringel. Ringel told Judge Barry Vaughan that Wilson is considering hiring private counsel out of St. Louis.

Vaughan granted a continuance for Wilson that will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The court was also expected to hear a motion for a bond reduction, and that was also continued until the arraignment next week.

Wilson is charged with one count of armed robbery with no firearm, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of financial institution robbery. The armed robbery charge, a Class X felony, carries a maximum sentence of 30 years and a fine of up to $25,000. The remaining four charges are Class 1 felonies.

Wilson is charged in the Nov. 27 robbery of Community First Bank of the Heartland in Woodlawn in which he allegedly got away with an undetermined amount of money. He is also charged in the Dec. 10 robbery of the Jefferson County Schools Credit Union.

Wilson and two other subjects — wife Jessica Wilson, 30, and Amy Ramsey, 27, both of Waltonville, are also accused of robbing the Jefferson County Schools Credit Union on Dec. 10.

Jessica Wilson had a first appearance hearing earlier this month and pleaded not guilty to charges of financial institution of robbery and two counts of aggravated battery. Scott Quinn was appointed to represent Jessica Wilson, who will be back in court on Jan. 29 for a pre-trial hearing.

Amy Ramsey was also in court on Jan. 8, waiving her right to arraignment. Public Defender Sean Featherstun was appointed to represent Ramsey, who will be back in court on Jan. 30 for a pre-trial hearing.

Ramsey has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of financial institution robbery. Ramsey allegedly was armed with a firearm at the time of the robbery of the credit union.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken in the credit union heist.

All three suspects were arrested one day after the credit union robbery and remain in custody under $500,000 bond each.