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Man admits to robbing Medford bank

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal bank robbery charge, admitting he robbed a Medford bank while on the lam two years ago.

Gerald Thomas Schram, 65, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Medford to a single felony bank robbery charge, admitting that in September 2014 he robbed the U.S. Bank branch in the 1200 block of Court Street. He had escaped from the Jackson County Work Release Center earlier that September, court documents show.

Schram admitted he wore a mask and entered the bank on the afternoon of Sept. 24, 2014, made statements such as "this is a robbery" and "don't make me get my gun out" and kept a hand in his pocket to appear armed, according to court documents signed by Schram and filed in court.

Schram fled the bank with $8,572 and took off on a green mountain bike. Police found the bulk of the cash later that evening at his west Medford home in the 300 block of Haven Street.

In September, a federal jury found Schram guilty of robbing a west Medford Minute Market in January 2014 and fleeing with $605. During the two-day trial, U.S. attorneys matched Schram's DNA to a cigarette butt found outside the store, and included testimony from Schram's niece to identify his voice recorded on store surveillance footage.

Schram has a sentencing hearing on the robbery and bank robbery cases set for March 16, court records show.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show Schram has a number of prior felony convictions, including an December 2014 attempt to escape from his jail cell by breaking a window. An off-duty corrections deputy heard the crash and alerted jail staff, who immediately put the jail on lockdown.

He faced domestic violence charges in 2006 and 2012 that were pleaded down to misdemeanors, and he pleaded guilty in September 2014 to unlawful use of a weapon for attacking his girlfriend with a hammer.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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