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OTTUMWA — Two of the men accused of involvement in a bank robbery have entered not guilty pleas.

Jordan Crawford and Ross Thornton each face a first degree robbery charge in the 2018 robbery of the Pilot Grove Savings Bank in Packwood. A third defendant in the case, Ethan Spray, has reached a plea bargain.

First degree robbery is a Class B felony. Both Crawford and Thornton face as much as 25 years in prison if convicted.

The men may not be tried simultaneously. Crawford’s trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 27, while Thornton is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 24. Trials for serious felonies are often delayed as each side seeks additional time to prepare its presentation for jurors.

In other area cases:

Court filings show Theresa Lomax will enter a guilty plea on July 29. The file did not specify whether the move was part of any sort of plea bargain. She faced charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a felon, prohibited acts, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

Sandra Amos appears to have reached a plea bargain on charges of sexual abuse, lascivious conduct with a minor and sexual misconduct with an offender. Judge Myron Gookin said the court “was informed that a plea agreement has been reached” when attorneys appeared for a pretrial conference. Amos’ plea and sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.