Federal judge denies man's request to withdraw guilty plea

2013-12-23T20:45:00Z 2013-12-23T21:33:28Z Federal judge denies man's request to withdraw guilty pleaElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com
December 23, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A federal judge issued an order Monday denying a Calumet City man's request to withdraw a plea agreement on bank robbery and kidnapping charges, according to court records. 

Ronald Parks, 61, is accused of robbing a Citizens Bank in Hammond in April 2012, according to court records. Two weeks before the robbery, officials said he kidnapped a woman in Indiana and held her for ransom in Illinois.

Parks is accused of walking into the bank in the 5300 block of Hohman Avenue and passing a note to a teller demanding money, according to court records. He used a gun during the robbery and left with $4,098, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in April and was scheduled to be sentenced in July. However, after delays in the case he filed a motion in August to withdraw his guilty plea.

According to the motion, Parks said he was not told he could be subject to career-offender status at the time of sentencing. 

Parks could be sentenced to 21 to 27 years in prison, according to Monday's order. According to court records, Parks anticipated going to prison for about 12 to 15 years.

"Dissatisfaction or surprise is not a fair and just reason for this court to allow a defendant to withdraw a plea of guilty," the order stated.

According to the Indiana Department of Correction website, Parks was convicted of murder in 1975. In 1999 Parks was convicted of rape and criminal confinement. 

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