Mon, Feb. 24

Sentencing delayed for bank robber
Zeluff asks for pre-sentence hearing

The man who calmly and quietly held up the Cottonwood Chase Bank in February and then fled with $5,000 in cash has asked for a hearing prior to sentencing.

William Dominic Zeluff, 29, who earlier pleaded guilty to a single count of robbery, was scheduled for sentencing Monday. He has now asked that a pre-sentencing hearing be held. The special hearing allows the accused to present testimony to ease his sentencing.

At the time of his plea, Judge Darrow advised the defendant that robbery is a Class 4 felony punishable by as much as 3.75 years with a minimum prison sentence of a single year. Probation of up to four years is possible, according to Darrow.

By accepting the plea, Zeluff avoids two other felony charges that would have been prosecuted at trial. Those charges include felony theft and third-degree burglary

Judge Warren Darrow set the hearing for this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and set aside one-half hour.

When asked, the judge told the court that he "may proceed (with sentencing) or may not." He said his decision to sentence or not will depend upon the information and the amount of information he receives at that hearing.

Zeluff, who has a Florida address, pleaded guilty during an Early Disposition Court appearance.

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