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Dubuque man pleads guilty to role in bank robbery, selling heroin

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An eastern Iowa man accused of robbing an area bank pleaded guilty in federal court today. He also admitted to possessing a gun as a felon and selling heroin that caused an overdose.

31-year-old Gregory Stapleton is tied to the robbery of Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa in March. Court documents state Stapleton visited the bank the day before the robbery to prepare for the crime, and parked across the street listening to a police scanner as Dante Rhodes robbed the bank. Stapleton, who is from Dubuque along with Rhodes, also provided Rhodes with car for the robbery. Rhodes pleaded guilty to the bank robbery on August 8.

The additional drug charges stem from January of this year, with Stapleton admitting to giving a mixture of heroin and other drugs including fentanyl to another person then. Court documents state that drug mixture later caused an overdose, with the victim sustaining serious injuries. Stapleton also admitted to having a firearm as a felon in July.

When he's sentenced, a court report shows Stapleton faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison with a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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