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Bank suspect may accept plea deal

May 15, 2010
By JOHN PEPIN, For The Daily News

MARQUETTE - A plea agreement is expected in the federal bank robbery court proceedings of Kimberly Anne Timbrook-Miller of Iron River, who is accused of robbing the Range Bank in Kingsford of $52,365 last February.

Miller, 46, is charged with the felony crime of bank robbery by force or violence. Miller had been scheduled for an initial pre-trial conference Thursday in U.S. District Court in Marquette, but the hearing was adjourned after a defense request for more time "for the government to prepare an anticipated plea agreement and other associated documents," according to court records.

A telephone status conference is set for 10 a.m. (Eastern time) Monday to determine the status of plea negotiations. This was the second request by the defense, unopposed by federal prosecutors, to adjourn pre-trial conference proceedings.

"If this request is granted, this matter will hereafter proceed to disposition in a timely manner through a negotiated plea," wrote Federal Public Defender Ray Kent in a motion to the court.

Prosecutors in Iron County recently agreed not to prosecute Miller on six county felony counts of check forgery and uttering and publishing if Miller agrees to plead guilty under the agreement with federal prosecutors.

Any jail time Miller would have served for the felony charges would be served concurrently with her federal prison sentence for the bank robbery, according to Iron County court staff.

Restitution, which has not yet been determined, from the county charges would still have to be paid by Miller, Iron County court staff said.

According to the felony complaint, Miller wrote checks to herself and cashed them for $760, $385 and $2,950. A felony conviction for each of those six charges is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The check-related incidents occurred in June 2009.

Miller was also indicted March 23 in federal court in Wisconsin for another bank robbery, which occurred last December. She remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail, pending her trial.

According to police, Miller has confessed to both of the bank robberies. She stood mute at her arraignment on the Range Bank robbery charges in U.S. District Court in Marquette in March. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf by the court.

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