Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Anthony Wayne Hall, 65, was found guilty today, following a three-day jury trial in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for Aggravated Bank Robbery. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., scheduled Hall’s sentencing for July 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Hall faces the potential for life in prison under the federal “three strikes” law, with a mandatory minimum of ten years.
On November 21, 2019, Hall, armed with a realistic-looking replica revolver, robbed the First State Bank in Fremont, Nebraska. Hall left town with approximately $10,000 in cash after walking one bank employee to his vehicle under threat of being shot. A customer who attempted to enter the bank during the robbery was the first to call 911. On November 22, 2019, officers in Saint Joseph, Missouri attempted to stop Hall’s blue Chevrolet Camaro, but the vehicle fled and then crashed into a pole. Hall fled on foot and could not be located. Hall then purchased a white Chevrolet Impala. On November 30, 2019, officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to stop the Impala after noticing that the license plates did not match the vehicle. A high-speed pursuit ensued before the Impala crashed into a tree. Hall again fled on foot. Law enforcement located replica firearms, knives, and other items near the crash scene. The next day, on December 1, 2019, a trooper encountered Hall at a nearby gas station and Hall indicated that he was the driver who had fled the night before. Among the cash found on Hall’s person were five bills known to have been taken in the First State Bank robbery.
Hall, who had relocated to Fremont from Indiana approximately two months prior to the First State Bank robbery, has previously been convicted of murder, rape, and at least seven prior robberies. Hall had been released from prison on his prior convictions in 2018.
This case was investigated by the FBI Great Plains Robbery Task Force, the Fremont Police Department, Saint Joseph Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.