Woman gets seven years for robbing bank

Woman gets seven years for robbing bank

URBANA — An Urbana teenager who said she was robbing a bank because her boyfriend put her up to it has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Alicia Marie Smith, 18, of the 2000 block of Vawter Street, will also have to make restitution to Heartland Bank & Trust Co. of $794.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said police were unable to recover that amount following the 3 p.m. holdup of the bank on Oct. 3.

Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated robbery, admitting that she indicated to employees that she was armed with a dangerous weapon even though none was seen.

Weber said Smith presented a note to the bank teller saying that she had a bomb and would set it off if the teller didn't hand over money. The teller gave her about $1,850.

Smith's image was captured on video. She turned herself in to police the day after the holdup. A search of her Vawter Street apartment turned up about $1,056 in cash, including marked bills that the bank had turned over.

Weber said Smith had no prior convictions.

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