Getaway driver convicted in Illinois bank robbery

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by Kaitlin Riordan / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 10:37 AM

BENTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A Tamms, Illinois woman was convicted on Friday for aiding in a bank robbery back in November 2008.

The Illinois State Attorney's office says Franchie Farmer was convicted of armed bank robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Evidence in the trial showed Farmer was the getaway driver for two other individuals who robbed the Capaha Bank in Tamms, Illinois.

The two individuals, Holli Wrice and Richard Anderson, went into the bank, drew weapons and ordered everyone to the ground. They ended up getting away with $14,000 from two tellers. Wrice received 35 years in prison and Anderson received 10 years. Since Farmer helped in the robbery, she can be found guilty of the same crimes as the two robbers under federal law.

Farmer could face up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000 and five years supervised release. Using a firearm in a crime carries a mandatory seven years in prison.

Farmer is being held without bond until her September 12 sentencing hearing.

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