Men Accused Of Robbing Evansville, Douglas Banks Plead Not Guilty
The two men who individually robbed banks in Douglas and Evansville three weeks ago pleaded not guilty in separate hearings in federal court this week.
Charles Mathis Jr., of Cheyenne entered his plea before U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson on Tuesday.
His trial is set for July 18.
Kemp Cravens of Casper entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Shickich on Thursday.
Shickich set Cravens trial for July 11.
Both are charged with bank robbery. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years imprisonment.
Cravens faces an additional charge of brandishing or using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted of the use of a firearm, he could face between seven years and life imprisonment, Shickich said.
Mathis and Cravens initially were charged with their crimes in criminal complaints in the first week of May.
On May 18, a federal grand jury indicted them.
They remain in custody awaiting trial.
On Monday, May 2, Mathis allegedly drove to Douglas, entered the Points West Community Bank, and showed a teller a note saying he had a gun.
The teller gave him $4,300.
He drove away in a car that had a Global Positioning System device on it, and he was arrested a short time later on Interstate 25.
On Tuesday, May 3, Cravens allegedly drove a van to the Platte Valley Bank in Evansville. He was wearing a hoodie and a cloth covering his face, and showed tellers a handgun.
Tellers gave him $12,000 in cash.
Law enforcement learned Cravens had rented the van and with that information contacted his wife.
His wife called him and he told her he had robbed the bank. He surrendered voluntarily to authorities later that day.