A Rockaway Beach resident was sentenced in federal court on Monday.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports Kenneth Parker, 49, pleaded guilty in July to six bank robberies in Missouri, Iowa, and Oregon.  This includes the theft of more than $9,000 dollars from Union Savings Bank in Sedalia in September of 2010.

Parker has been ordered to serve eight years and four months in federal prison without parole and pay more than $22,000 in restitution.

Press Release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western Missouri District

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Rockaway Beach, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for six bank robberies, including two in Columbia, Mo., and Sedalia, Mo.

Kenneth Dewain Parker, 49, of Rockaway Beach, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to eight years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Parker to pay $22,362 in restitution.

On July 30, 2012, Parker pleaded guilty to several separate federal indictments. Parker admitted that he stole $2,500 from US Bank in Columbia on Sept. 3, 2010, and that he stole $9,150 from Union Savings Bank in Sedalia on Sept. 21, 2010. Those offenses were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Nov. 2, 2010.

Parker also pleaded guilty to charges in two separate cases that were transferred to the Western District of Missouri. In a case from the District of Oregon, Parker admitted that he stole $3,585 from Liberty Bank in Eugene, Ore., on July 30, 2010; that he stole $2,203 from Umpqua Bank in Salem, Ore., on Aug. 17, 2010; and that he stole $2,385 from Key Bank in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 23, 2010. In a case from the Northern District of Iowa, Parker admitted that he robbed Bank of the West in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Aug. 31, 2010.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. The case in the Western District of Missouri was investigated by the FBI, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Sedalia, Mo., Police Department, the University City, Mo., Police Department, the Brentwood, Mo., Police Department and the Taney County, Mo., Sheriffs Department.