Parolee charged with robbery, murdering bank employee in rural Iowa

Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has passed away after sustaining a gunshot wound just before 9 a.m.

Parolee charged with robbery, murdering bank employee in rural Iowa

LU VERNE, Iowa. (KEYC) — Authorities have charged a Coralville, Iowa, man with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Lu Verne, Iowa.

The shooting happened around 9 a.m. at Security State Bank.

Authorities say 35-year-old Valentino Williams is being held in Kossuth County Jail pending his initial court appearance.

Williams was sentenced to prison in 2010 for a robbery conviction in Johnson County. In 2017, he was granted a work release to a Coralville halfway house and was granted parole in 2018, according to the Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton. Williams has been under supervision since then and his parole was scheduled to continue until 2023.

As part of Williams’ parole, he needed to be granted permission to travel outside of his home Johnson County. According to a complaint filed Thursday by his parole officer, Williams did not receive permission to visit Kossuth County, although he had been given permission to travel to Black Hawk County “for the express purpose of pursuing school admissions."

Kossuth County is approximately 100 miles northwest of Black Hawk County and approximately 200 miles northwest of Johnson County.

Forty-three-year-old Jessica Weishaar, of Algona, Iowa, was killed during the robbery. She was an employee of the bank.

Authorities have identified the victim of a shooting in Lu Verne, Iowa, on Wednesday morning.

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office has reported that 43-year-old Jessica Weishaar, of Algona, was fatally shot around 8:40 a.m. outside of Security State Bank in Lu Verne.

Authorities report that Weishaar was an employee at the bank.

Officers were able to identify a subject and vehicle via security footage, and, with the public’s help, apprehended the suspect near mile-marker 158 on Interstate 35.

The suspect is being detained while the investigation continues.

According to a Facebook post by the Corwith-Wesley-Lu Verne Community School District, Lu Verne Elementary School was placed on lockdown because of the shooting. The sheriff’s office lifted the lockdown after approximately 45 minutes.

The West Hancock Community School District temporarily “sheltered down” during Wednesday’s events.

No staff or students were threatened or harmed.


One person is reportedly in custody in Kossuth County after a reported fatal shooting in Lu Verne, Iowa.

Kossuth County Sheriff’s office says a woman has passed away after sustaining a gunshot wound just before nine this morning.

Her name will not be released until the next of kin is notified.

Authorities believe the suspect is in custody and do not believe there is an existing threat to the public.

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