Delays, New Charges For Bank Robbery Suspects

By Jason Van Arkel, September 09, 2019

The three men accused in a pair of 2018 bank robberies have had their days in court delayed, with additional charges filed against two of them.

Ethan Spray (pictured), Ross Thornton and Jordan Crawford are all charged with first-degree robbery in the June 1st, 2018 robbery of the Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Packwood. Spray and Thornton are also accused of robbing the South Ottumwa Saving Bank in Hedrick on August 3rd of last year. In July, Spray agreed to a plea deal in the Packwood case. His plea hearing was scheduled for Monday, but that has been delayed to October 14th.

In the meantime, prosecutors have added a charge of ongoing criminal conduct-influence enterprise in the Packwood case against both Thornton and Crawford. The move may delay a trial for both men. Thornton was scheduled to go to trial on September 24th, but now he’ll have a pretrial hearing on October 21st, with no new trial date set as of yet. Crawford’s trial date is scheduled for October 22nd, but that was set before the second charge was added. Like first-degree robbery, a charge of ongoing criminal conduct comes with a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Spray and Thornton will also wait until at least next month to face trial in the Hedrick case. Spray’s trial was set to begin Tuesday, but that’s been pushed back to October 1st. Thornton’s trial is also scheduled for the 1st, but his attorney has asked for a continuance in the case.

In the Packwood case, Spray is accused of being the man who committed the robbery itself, while Thornton drove the getaway car. Crawford is accused of helping to plan the heist, and babysitting for Spray while the robbery took place. Crawford is not accused of any involvement in the Hedrick bank robbery.

 

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