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Forum staff reports, Published May 04 2011

Man will plead guilty to federal robbery charge

FARGO – The man who robbed U.S. Bank’s downtown branch in February plans to plead guilty to the federal charge against him.

In a document filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, an attorney for Scott Evans Maxwell said the 36-year-old man wants to change his plea to guilty.

Maxwell was arrested within minutes of the Feb. 17 holdup, according to Cass County court records filed before the federal charges.

Court records claimed Maxwell handed a cloth bag to a teller at the bank and said, “Nothing funny. Put everything you have in it now. No alarms. No cops.”

Police cornered Maxwell three minutes later in an alley near the bank branch at 505 2nd Ave. N.

He had a cloth bag holding $402 in cash hidden in the crotch of his pants when arrested.

A change of plea hearing and the subsequent sentencing hearing have not yet been scheduled.

On the charge of bank robbery, Maxwell faces up to 20 years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.