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Dubuque duo sentenced for Maquoketa bank robbery, chase

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UPDATE: Two eastern Iowa men are sentenced to federal prison time following a bank robbery, with one of the men also getting time for selling heroin that led to an overdose.

Gregory Stapleton was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty in August 2017 to the Maquoketa robbery, which happened in March of last year. In addition to his involvement in the robbery, Stapleton was also sentenced for possessing firearms as a felon in July 2016, and also selling heroin in eastern Iowa. Court testimony shows Stapleton sold heroin in the Dubuque area from 2016 through his arrest last year, including selling a mixture of the drug combined with fentanyl to a person that led to a serious injury. Stapleton also asked a heroin user to buy guns for him, according to a court release.

Dante Rhodes was sentenced to nine years in prison after also pleading guilty in August 2017. Court testimony shows Rhodes held up Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa in March 2017, and commanded a teller to "give me your money, I have a gun.” Rhodes was given more than $6,500, and then drove a car away from the scene.

With Rhodes in the bank, Stapleton sat in the car and listened to a local police scanner. Stapleton also visited the bank the day before the robbery. During a getaway attempt, the men led police on a chase that topped 100 miles per hour with the car traveling towards Dubuque. After colliding with several other cars, both Rhodes and Stapleton were taken into custody.

Both men will also serve three-years supervised release after their respective prison times, and are required to pay back more than $7,000 each in restitution to the victims of the bank robbery and a driver who was hurt in the chase. Both were sentenced in federal court this week.

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Two Dubuque men are facing charges related to a bank robbery last March. 

Charges against Dante Rhodes, 41, and Gregory Stapleton, 31, are contained in an Indictment filed on June 21, 2017, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. Rhodes and Stapleton were initially charged in a Criminal Complaint filed in federal curt on May 22, 2017. 

The Indictment alleges that, on or about March 8, 2017, Rhodes and Stapleton robbed the Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa, taking over $6,500.00 during the robbery.  The Indictment also alleges that Rhodes and Stapleton conspired to rob the bank and that Stapleton went to the bank the day prior to the robbery to “case” the bank.  

If convicted, both men face a possible maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessment, and 6 years of supervised release following any imprisonment. They may also be ordered to pay restitution.

Both Rhodes and Stapleton will appear for an arraignment on June 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  They are currently being held in custody without bond.

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