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Man in prison for murder won't be charged with bank robbery

ST. CLOUD -- A man already serving life in prison for murder will not be charged for robbing the St. Augusta branch of the State Bank of Kimball in September 2006.

According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, there is probable cause to charge Jeremy Jason Hull, 27, for the robbery, but state and federal officials have determined that the cost of a trial and the public safety risk of transporting Hull from prison are not in the best interests of the public.

Hull is serving a life sentence without the possibility of release for the 2007 murder of Lewis Wilcek of Little Falls. According to the De-partment of Corrections, Hull is housed at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights.

A robbery conviction, either state or federal, would not affect that sentence.

The robbery happened around 8 a.m. Sept. 8, 2006, when a bank employee was approached by a man with a handgun as she was about to enter the locked bank. He demanded she open the door and allow him into the bank, where he took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and between 20 and 25 years of age.

He was wearing a blue bandana, which was found later along with a ski mask.

Information was gathered in February 2009 that linked Hull to the bank robbery, including that he wore black makeup to change his appearance.

The information was made available by cooperation with investigators from the State Department of Corrections.

In April 2009, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension compared DNA on the ski mask to Hull's DNA, on file from his murder conviction. The analysis confirmed that the DNA on the mask was Hull's DNA.

Hull was also interviewed by sheriff's investigators and FBI agents.