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Second New England bank robber sentence d

BISMARCK -- The second man charged in a 2012 bank robbery of American Bank Center in New England was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday.

Johnner J. Ward, Jr., 29, of Abilene, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland to a total of 11 years under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by three years of supervised release, along with $4,250 in restitution.

Ward pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery and use and carry of a firearm during a crime of violence on Nov. 2.

Ward's accomplice in the Oct. 18 robbery, Colt Schneider, 19, of Rapid City, S.D., was found guilty of the same two crimes by a federal jury last week.

Sentencing for Schneider has been scheduled for Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Bismarck.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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