Accused Evart bank robber reaches agreement with prosecutor's office
REED CITY — A Florida man charged with robbing the First Merit Bank in Evart entered a plea in his case on Friday in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.
David Raymond Dingee, 52, of Pompano Beach, Fla., reached an agreement with the Osceola County Prosecutor's Office, pleading guilty to one count of armed robbery as a habitual offender. In exchange for his plea, multiple other charges filed against Dingee will be dismissed.
Along with the armed robbery count, Dingee was facing one count of bank robbery, one count of larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of larceny in a building, one count of felony firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a felon. Dingee is charged as a habitual offender because of prior felony convictions in Florida. According to court documents, Dingee was convicted in 1995 of robbery with a deadly weapon and later that year convicted of burglary of a dwelling. In 1999, he was convicted of second-degree murder.
As part of his agreement, all fines and costs that can be waived by the court will be suspended. While Dingee faced a maximum penalty of life in prison, the plea deal specifies an agreed-upon sentence of between 25 and 50 years in prison.
Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy informed Dingee if the judge chooses not to follow the agreement at sentencing, Dingee has the ability to withdraw his plea.
Dingee, along with Melissa Renee Nudd, 30, also of Pompano Beach, Fla., were arrested and charged with the robbery of First Merit Bank on May 26.
During a preliminary examination in August, a bank teller testified Dingee pointed a gun at her and threatened to "blow her brains out" if she didn't give him the money in her drawer. Dingee made off with roughly $2,200.
The suspect vehicle, driven by Nudd, was located when officers responding to the reported bank robbery witnessed a truck driving in a reckless manner north of Evart on 80th Avenue. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to pull over. Police pursued the vehicle for approximately five miles until the vehicle finally pulled over on 70th Avenue near 17 Mile Road. Both Dingee and Nudd were arrested.
At the preliminary examination, Michigan State Police Trooper Michael Zeilinger testified a gun was found in the glove box of the vehicle. The pistol was a 9mm with eight rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. An Osceola County Corrections Officer also testified to finding a wad of money on Nudd when she was searched at the jail.
Nudd is charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of bank robbery, one count of larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of larceny in a building, one count of felony firearm and one count of fourth-degree fleeing a police officer.
A plea agreement has yet to be reached in Nudd's case. Both Nudd and Dingee remain lodged at the Osceola County Jail. Sentencing for Dingee is tentatively set for Friday, Nov. 4, in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.