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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

Friday, February 1, 2013

Rockford Woman Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison For The Robbery Of Associated Bank In Rockford

ROCKFORD C A Rockford, Ill. woman was sentenced today in federal court for bank robbery. LATOYA SHAUNTA BURROWS, 32, of Rockford, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for the robbery of Associated Bank, 612 North Main St., Rockford, Ill., on March 20, 2012.

Burrows pled guilty to the charge on Oct. 29, 2012. According to the written plea agreement, Burrows entered Associated Bank through the west doors at about 10:57 a.m. on March 20, 2012, wearing pink pants and a black t-shirt. Burrows immediately approached the teller counter, by passing the roped off waiting line, and handed the teller a folded piece of paper, which read: APut the money in the bag and nobody will get hurt.@ The teller removed cash from the teller drawer, but told Burrows that he did not have a bag to put the money into. Burrows took the money from the teller=s hand, stuffed the cash into her bra, and walked out of the bank. Shortly after the robbery, Burrows was arrested by the Rockford Police Department in the vicinity of the bank. She has been held in federal custody since her arrest.

The sentencing was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Verseman.

Updated July 23, 2015