Man sentenced for FD robbery

SIOUX CITY – An Omaha man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison July 31 for his role in robbing a Fort Dodge bank.

Michael Clayton, 44, of Omaha, Nebraska, received the prison term after a jury on Feb. 13 found him guilty of one count of bank robbery.

Clayton was sentenced to 129 months in prison. He must serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

He was also ordered to make $12,532.07 in restitution to Citizens State Bank.

Clayton stole $11,284 from Citizens State Bank, known to many Fort Dodge residents as CSBank.

Evidence at his trial showed that Clayton robbed the Fort Dodge bank on Feb. 7, 2013.

He didn’t show any weapons during the robbery, The Messenger previously reported.

That day, Clayton asked Christopher Anderson to drive him to a location near the bank and wait for him. Clayton then used Anderson’s phone to threaten to “shoot-up” Feelhaver Elementary School to divert law enforcement away from the victim bank.

Clayton paid Anderson $1,000 for his help in the robbery.

He made the call 16 minutes before the bank robbery.

The diversion call took place less than two months after the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

While police responded to Feelhaver, the school went into a modified lockout.

The robbery and the threat were originally treated as two separate incidents.

Anderson was sentenced to 12 months in prison on March 5 as an accessory after the fact to bank robbery.

He was also ordered to make $12,532.07 in restitution Citizen’s State Bank and serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

There is no parole in the federal system.

The men were sentenced in Sioux City by U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.

Clayton is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.