Kansas City Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Robbing Brookside Bank
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing Bank Midwest with a pellet gun.
Casey M. Widman, 60, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 16 years in federal prison without parole.
Widman was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior criminal convictions. Widman has approximately 92 criminal convictions, according to court documents. This is Widman’s third conviction for bank robbery, his 15th felony conviction and his seventh conviction for a crime of violence. Widman also has approximately 77 misdemeanor convictions.
On Oct. 7, 2014, Widman pleaded guilty to stealing $838 from Bank Midwest.
According to court documents, Widman entered Bank Midwest, 6249 Brookside, Kansas City, at about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2013. Widman approached one of the tellers, pulled out a black pistol (a pellet gun) and placed it on the counter in front of the teller. Widman said he wanted to make a withdrawal in “all fifties and hundreds.” When the teller placed the money on the counter, he became agitated and told her that he wanted more money. She placed more money on the counter, and Widman took the cash and fled from the bank.
A witness told police officers that he saw a blue Ford Taurus parked near the bank for about 15 minutes. The vehicle left the bank immediately after the robbery occurred. An officer saw a vehicle that matched that description and followed it. When the driver stopped at a gas station, Widman was taken into custody.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.