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Virden Woman Sentenced for Bank Robbery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2009

Springfield, Ill. – Skipper S. Giardina, 37, of Virden, Illinois, was sentenced today to serve 58 months (4 years, 10 months) in federal prison for the March 2009 armed bank robbery of United Community Bank in Divernon. Giardina was also ordered to pay $7,552 in restitution to the bank. Upon release from prison, Giardina was ordered to remain on supervised release for five years.

Giardina pled guilty on Aug. 12, 2009, to one count of armed bank robbery without entering into a plea agreement with the government. Giardina admitted that on March 27, 2009, at approximately 8:33 a.m., she entered the UCB branch at 200 Reichert Road in Divernon and walked to a teller window. Giardina announced she was making a withdrawal and when the teller reached for a withdrawal form, she pulled a black handgun from her bag and placed it on the counter, pointing it at the teller. Giardina then demanded and received money from a second teller. Giardina also told the tellers that a white plastic pipe with batteries taped to the top along with some type of electric circuit board was a bomb and warned them to stay at least 50 feet away from it or she would set it off. She then walked out of the bank and got into a grey Chevrolet vehicle with a license plate number which was observed and reported to law enforcement authorities.

Skipper Giardina has remained detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since her arrest on Aug. 11, 2009.

Skipper’s husband, Dale Giardina, has pled guilty to aiding and abetting his wife in the robbery, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 8, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Illinois Secretary of State and CWLP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Hansen is prosecuting the cases.

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