SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Michigan man has pleaded not guilty in federal court to robbing a Sioux Falls bank.
Twenty-one-year-old Alvione Jones earlier had pleaded not guilty in state court to robbery and kidnapping charges. The case has been moved to federal court because the Great Western Bank is federally insured.
Authorities say the Grand Rapids, Mich., man ambushed two bank employees in the parking lot on June 25, forcing them to hand over more than $60,000 in cash from the bank's vault.
If Jones is convicted on the federal robbery charge he would face at least 10 years in prison and possibly a life term. He is being held without bond.