Two to be Sentenced in May for Theft of Money from BankWest

Bundles of Twenty Dollar Bills


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sentencing will be held in May for two people accused of Bank Larceny in federal court.  Ismael Espinoza Ortiz, also known is Misael Sereseres Ortega and Alejandra Corral Madrid appeared separately in federal court in Pierre Wednesday to change their pleas.  Ortiz and Madrid both pleaded guilty to Bank Larceny and Ortiz also admitted to Illegal Reentry after Deportation.

The couple was arrested November 5 of last year.   Authorities said they entered the BankWest branch on Highland Avenue that day and Ortiz handed the bank teller about $1,500 in small bills.  He requested that she change them into larger bills.  While the teller counted the money away from her teller window, authorities say Ortiz reached his hand under the glass and stole $2,070.00.  Ortiz and Madrid then left the bank and fled Pierre.  They were arrested later in the day in Campbell County. 

Ortiz has previously been deported from the country-first on January 19, 1996.  He was arrested in October of 1997 and removed a second time to Mexico a few days later.  Court papers say he was arrested by immigration officials again on February 17, 2010 and deported to Mexico on February 23, 2010. 

Ortiz was the first of the two to enter a plea Wednesday.  He was told by U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange that he could be deported for his guilty pleas.

An interpreter was used to translate during Madrid’s hearing.  At the request of Madrid’s attorney, Judge Lange entered Madrid’s guilty plea but has yet to accept it.  Assistant federal public defender Randy Turner, had asked that the judge put off accepting the guilty plea until sentencing, as he has some “reasons to be concerned”. 

Both Ortiz and Madrid remain in custody until their sentencing, which will be held May 29.  Bank Larceny carries a ten year prison sentence, a $250,000 fine or both.  Illegal Reentry After Deportation can result in a penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

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