Man Charged With Armed Robbery Of Evansville Bank Pleads Guilty
A Casper man pleaded guilty to bank robbery crimes in Evansville in May during a hearing in federal court on Wednesday, according to court records.
Kemp Cravens entered his plea before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl, who set a sentencing date of Sept. 20. He was scheduled to go to trial on July 11.
He pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, and one count of using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Cravens faces up to 20 years imprisonment on the bank robbery count. He faces not less than seven years to life imprisonment on the firearms count, consecutive to whatever sentence he receives for the bank robbery.
The court denied a motion he filed in June to dismiss the firearms count. However, he still has the right to appeal that denial, according to court records.
Cravens remains in custody.
The case began May 3, when Cravens drove a white sport utility vehicle to the Platte Valley Bank in Evansville about 9:30 a.m., and entered the bank wearing a hooded jacket, a dark fabric covering his face, and dark sunglasses, according to the FBI’s report.
He also openly carried a semi-automatic style handgun either in his waistband or in a holster.
Cravens demanded money from two tellers. As they were retrieving cash, he showed them the gun and put it back.
The tellers gave him about $12,000 in cash, which he put in a bag, according to the May 18 indictment. He got in the van and drove away.
Law enforcement later learned Cravens had rented a white SUV from a local rental dealer. Officers obtained information about the rental, and contacted his wife.
She told officers her husband said he was traveling to Riverton that day with a friend. She then called him and told him he was a suspect in a robbery.
Cravens admitted to the robbery and told her he would surrender at an unidentified police department. The wife then told police what he told her.
Law enforcement officers soon arrested him outside Casper City Hall.