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mother, daughter sentenced for conspiracy to commit bank robberies

October 18, 2013

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Evie Bowin Herrin, 58, of Kirbyville, Texas, and her daughter Amelia Darci Crew, 31, of Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced on October 3, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for conspiracy to commit bank robbery.  Herrin received 86 months in prison, and Crew received 51 months in prison.  They both received three years of supervised release.  Herrin was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $17,730 restitution.  They pleaded guilty June 27, 2013.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, the defendants admitted to stealing $17,730 from banks in Louisiana and Texas.  Herrin admitted to entering three banks wearing a disguise.  After entering the banks, Herrin would point what looked like a handgun at a teller and present the teller with a note saying to hand over strapped bundles of 100 and 20 dollar bills or she would shoot the bank employees.  Herrin left each bank in a car driven by Crew.  The robberies occurred on February 13, 2012 at an Iberia Bank in Kinder, La., February 28, 2012 at a Citizens National Bank in Henderson, Texas, and March 15, 2012 at a MidSouth Bank in Sulphur, La.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kinder, Sulphur, and Henderson, Texas police departments investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

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