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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Albuquerque Woman Pleads Guilty to Robbing Washington Federal Bank in September 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Maria Stovall, 49, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging her with bank robbery. 

Stovall was arrested on September 27, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging her with robbing the Washington Federal Bank located at 1301 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque that day.  She subsequently was indicted on a bank robbery charge.

During today’s proceedings, Stovall entered a guilty plea to the indictment and admitted robbing Washington Federal Bank on September 27, 2013, by passing a handwritten note demanding money to a bank teller.  Court filings reflect that as Stovall fled from the bank with the cash, a bank manager followed her to a nearby hospital where he confronted Stovall and took the backpack that Stovall was carrying.  Stovall was arrested by officers of the Albuquerque Police Department shortly thereafter.

Stovall remains on conditions of release at a half-way house pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Stovall faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Brawley.

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Updated January 26, 2015