Woman gets 28 years for Illinois restaurant holdup
By Daniel Fredman
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A woman who admitted robbing a southwestern Illinois fast-food restaurant at gunpoint has been ordered to spend 28 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan sentenced 29-year-old Yulonda Stewart, calling her "the most violent woman" he has sentenced. Stewart pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery, use of a gun during a violent crime and being a felon with a firearm.
Authorities say Stewart robbed a Jack in the Box restaurant in Belleville in 2012, forcing a manager at gunpoint to open a safe while three other employees were held at bay. Police arrested Stewart at the scene.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Stewart's background includes a six-year prison term for a 2007 conviction of aggravated robbery in St. Clair County.