Not guilty pleas entered for silent bank robbery suspect

Michael Scott

A Scottsbluff man accused of robbing a Scottsbluff branch of Valley Bank on the day before Thanksgiving sat silently today (friday) during his arraignment and District Judge Randall Lipstreu entered not guilty pleas for him.

42 year old Michael Scott's court appointed attorney, Public Defender Bernie Straetker, responded to all of Lippstreu's questions regarding Scott's rights and then told Lippstreu he believed his client would enter not guilty pleas to the charges. Lippstreu then entered the pleas without Scott saying a word.

Scott is accused of robbery and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested Thanksgiving evening at a mobile home in Scottsbluff.

In a separate case, Scott will also face trial on a charge of theft by deception regarding theft and fraud cases involving local bank ATM cards that resulted in losses of over $8,000.

Scott had his trial on the theft by deception charges set for the February 4th jury term. His trial on robbery and meth possession charges will be held during the March 4th jury term.

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