ROCHESTER -- Patricia Nelson, 33, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
On the date of the robbery, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the defendant entered the BMO Harris Bank wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a purple stocking cap, black glasses, and black pants. Nelson went to the customer counter and wrote a demand note on a deposit slip that read, “Put all cash I 2 envelopes No Alarms No DYE Packs Keep quiet & go quickly.” The defendant then approached a teller, placed the note on the counter, and gestured with her hands to hurry. The teller then provided a specific amount of cash to the defendant who took the money and left the bank. Nelson got into the passenger side of her vehicle, which her boyfriend was driving.
The two drove from Illinois to Colorado where they were apprehended and Nelson was ultimately charged with a previous bank robbery at the Canandaigua National Bank on March 10, 2015 in Rochester. Nelson pleaded guilty to Robbery in Monroe County Court and was sentenced to one year in prison. Following her release from prison on that charge, the defendant was arrested for the Illinois bank robbery.
As part of the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to pay $2,320 in restitution to the BMO Harris Bank
Sentencing is scheduled for August 1.