An Orange County bank teller plotted the January 2007 robbery of her place of employment, got arrested in part because of a boneheaded move and eventually pleaded guilty.
For her crimes, Sheryl Anntoinette Alexander, an active church member in Ontario and teller at Brea's Credit Union of Southern California, received a 41-month federal prison sentence, according to court records.
Victorville's Karon Dominique Bowser--Alexander's 9-mm handgun brandishing partner--didn't plead guilty. He took his cries of innocence to a 2011 jury in Santa Ana. And lost.
What helped investigators unravel the crime? Alexander ordered extra cash on the day of the robbery. Bowser--a convicted burglar--entered the bank, ordered five people--but not Alexander--into a restroom, restrained them with handcuffs, duct tape and rope, made death threats about staying put, and then stuffed his backpack with cash before fleeing.
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To help U.S. District Judge David O. Carter determine his punishment, Bowser devised a simple argument. His prison stint shouldn't be longer than Alexander's. After all, the two had been partners in crime and split the $159,000 loot.
But this week, Carter sided with federal prosecutors Ann Luotto Wolf and Amanda N. Liskamm, who sought a 204-month prison sentence for Bowser, 29.
The judge also ordered the thieves to repay the stolen money.