Serial bank robber convicted

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BOONE COUNTY – A serial bank robber awaits his sentence after a jury found him guilty on multiple counts of robbery and criminal confinement.

Prosecutors said John O. Study, 50, Zionsville, carried out four separate armed robberies in Boone County from March 2006 to September 2007. Study’s targets included the Key Bank in Zionville on March 21, 2006; the State Bank of Lizton in Dover on April 16, 2007; the State Bank of Lizton in Dover on July 19, 2007; and the Key Bank in Zionsville on Sept. 19, 2007. He was suspected in five additional bank robberies outside of Boone County.

Study was arrested in Florida in Nov. 2007 following a chase that began in Georgia after Study failed to pay for gas. The pursuit ended in Lyons, Fla. During that pursuit, Study rammed a police vehicle and police deployed stop sticks that slowed down the stolen tour bus Study was driving, police said. The vehicle eventually caught fire, forcing Study to stop. Authorities forcibly removed him from the bus.

Officers almost caught Study earlier on Nov. 8, 2007, after he led police on a chase through Putnam, Tipton and Hamilton counties in Indiana. Authorities stopped the pursuit because speeds were too dangerous, posing a threat to other drivers.

Study unsuccessfully fought extradition from Florida to Indiana, opening the door for his trial.

Jurors convicted him after a four-day trial on four counts of armed robbery, six counts of criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement, auto theft and being a habitual offender. Study will be sentenced on May 29 in Boone Superior Court I.

According to prosecutors, he faces a possible penalty of 16 to 236 years.

Prosecutors said the Boone County Sheriff, Zionsville Police Department, Thorntown Police Department and several other agencies outside of Boone County contributed to Study’s successful capture and conviction.

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