Case moves forward for man accused of robbing bank

BIG RAPIDS — The case against the Newaygo man who allegedly robbed the Isabella Bank branch in Big Rapids Township in July is moving forward.

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According to court records, the case against Nicholas Max Nelson, 23, has been bound over to the 49th Circuit Court, with a pre-trial conference taking place late last week and a final settlement conference scheduled for Oct. 1.

A jury trial currently is scheduled for Nov. 13-16.

Nelson was charged with bank robbery on Aug. 1 in 77th District Court. The charge carries with it a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

The charge stems from Nelson allegedly robbing the Isabella Bank branch early in the afternoon of Thursday, July 12, in Big Rapids Township. Detectives from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Ferris State Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police and the FBI investigated the case. Nelson was apprehended by the FBI in Cook County, Ill., less than 24 hours after the robbery occurred.

Noting he posed a “substantial danger to the community” during his arraignment, Magistrate Tom Lyons set Nelson’s bond at $750,000 cash or surety, citing his criminal record, currently being on probation and him being released from jail the morning of the alleged robbery.

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Posted by Brandon Fountain

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