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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wood County woman pleads guilty to bank robberies in three states

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Davisville, West Virginia woman was convicted today of bank robberies spanning three states, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Christine Joy Martin, 31, was charged in a six-count information filed April 5, 2017. Martin pled guilty to three counts of “Unarmed Bank Robbery.”

Martin admitted to robbing Huntington Bank in Marion County of $2,000 on November 4, 2016. She also admitted to robbing WesBanco Bank in Washington County, Pennsylvania, of $350.00 on December 23, 2016 and admitted to robbing the People’s Bank in Athens County, Ohio of $2,150 on December 27, 2016. Martin has waived venue on the charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Martin faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah W. Montoro prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Morgantown Police Department and the Fairmont Police Department investigated the bank robbery in West Virginia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Strabane Township Police Department investigated the Pennsylvania robbery. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Athens City Police Department investigated the Ohio robbery.

U. S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 19, 2017