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Press Release

Robin Godwin Sentenced In Bank Of Brewton Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

Kenyen Brown, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, announces that defendant Robin Godwin, who previously pled guilty to being involved in the February 17, 2012 robbery of the Bank of Brewton, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and required to pay $124,026.00 in restitution.

On October 17, 2012, Robin Godwin pled guilty to one count of stealing from a bank. As part of the plea agreement, Godwin admitted to the following facts:

Prior to February 17, 2012, Godwin and co-defendant Pamela Steele formulated a plan to rob the Bank of Brewton, which is where Steele worked as a teller. On February 17, 2012, Godwin entered the Bank of Brewton and walked up to Steele’s teller window. Godwin disguised her true appearance by wearing a blue poncho, grey fedora, black gloves, khaki pants, large sunglasses, a black Afro wig, black face paint, and body padding. Godwin asked Steele about renting a safety deposit box, so Steele took Godwin into the bank vault to look at the various box sizes available. While in the vault, Godwin pulled a large bag out from under her poncho and demanded that Steele fill it with cash. At this point, Steele filled th bag with approximately $255,000 in cash. Thereafter, Godwin fled the bank with the bag full of money.

Two months after the robbery, Steele confessed and led the FBI and local law enforcement to Godwin. Approximately half of the stolen money was recovered.

Co-defendant Pamela Steele has already been sentenced to 12 months and a day for her role in this offense.

This matter was investigated by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI offices Monroeville, Mobile, and Pensacola. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

Updated January 26, 2015