Evart bank robber to serve 25 to 50 years with Michigan Department of Corrections

Evart bank robber to serve 25 to 50 years with Michigan Department of Corrections

REED CITY — A Florida man expressed remorse in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court before being sentenced Friday for robbing an Evart bank.

David Raymond Dingee, 52, of Pompano Beach, Fla., apologized to the court for the role he played in the May 26 armed robbery of the First Merit Bank in Evart.

“I want to apologize for the inconvenience here and causing people all this trouble,” Dingee said. “I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but I can’t. I’m going to accept what I have to do now. I’m sorry.”

In October, Dingee 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 were dismissed.

Before the plea deal, Dingee also 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.

Going along with the plea agreement, Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy sentenced Dingee to between 25 and 50 years in prison for his crime. While he has been lodged since May in the Osceola County Jail, Dingee was not given credit for the time served because he was on parole at the time of the robbery.

Dingee was 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.

Dingee’s new sentence with the Michigan Department of Corrections would run consecutive to any consequences he faced as a result of violating his parole in Florida. However, based on the length of Dingee’s sentence it is unlikely Florida will impose anything further, Hill-Kennedy noted.

Before the sentence was handed down, Erin Barnhart, Dingee’s attorney, told the judge her client had expressed extreme remorse for his actions.

“This, for Mr. Dingee, is tantamount to a life sentence based on his age and his health conditions and he recognizes that,” Barnhart said. “And he’s standing here accepting full responsibility for his part in this.”

Dingee’s co-defendant, Melissa Renee Nudd, 30, also of Pompano Beach, Fla., has not yet reached a plea agreement in her case. She has a trial scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court.

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.