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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Woman Convicted of Bank Robbery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A second defendant has been convicted for robbing the Prosperity Bank in Yoakum, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

On Sept. 22, 2016, Marina Michelle Pulmano, 22, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, entered the Prosperity Bank and handed the teller a note stating she had a gun and demanded money. The teller complied and Pulmano then left the bank with the cash.

On Nov. 3, 2016, law enforcement officers again responded to a robbery at the same bank. Similarly, a male, later identified as Chad Andrew Latham, handed the teller a note that stated he had a gun and demanded money. Latham then left the bank with the money.

During the investigation, detectives were able to confirm the identities of the robbery suspects after speaking to several people that recognized Pulmano and Latham from the images released to the local media. Latham and Pulmano, who were dating at the time of the robberies, left the area and returned to Alabama where they were later arrested.

Latham, 26, also of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, previously pleaded guilty  and was sentenced in August 2017 to 70 months in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge John Rainey accepted Pulmano’s plea today and set sentencing for May 14, 2018. At that time, she faces up to 20 years  imprisonment and a maximum $250,000 fine. She was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The FBI and Yoakum Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.

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Violent Crime
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Updated February 20, 2018