JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Anaiah Edmundson, a teller at a bank in Arlington who handed $80,000 in cash to a gunman during a robbery at BBVA Compass Bank in Regency, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for her role in the heist.
On June 20, two men dressed in black came into the bank and demanded money while Edmundson was working. Investigators learned she had removed money from an ATM.
Turquais Noble and Devon Roberts were given the money by Edmundson, and two men fled the bank in a car that was driven by Joshua Woods.
Shedding tears as she took the stand to share her side of the story, Edmundson said her ex-boyfriend, Noble, was a bad influence on her.
A judge gave Edmundson a 65-day credit for time she served in jail. After the two-year sentence, she must also serve five years probation. It was heartbreaking news for Edmundson's mother, Javon Taylor.
"A lot may not agree, but a sentencing is what it is. There was something that took place here and no one of us are proud of it," Taylor said.
Edmundson's loved ones took the witness stand, saying crime was out of her character. They said she is a loving mother and a hard worker, and agreed Noble was a bad influence.
"We didn't feel that he was appropriate for her, ever," Taylor said. "We tried to tell her."
Edmundson confessed to the robbery after taking a lie detector test, in which the FBI determined she was being deceitful. A judge said the confession helped with the sentencing she received.
During court, Edmundson read a statement, apologizing to her former co-workers, her daughter and her family for what she did.
Noble, Roberts and Woods pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery. They received 30 years, 15 years and four years in prison, respectively.
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