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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec 14, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Virginia woman who robbed banks while talking on a cell phone pleaded guilty to two felony counts that could send her to prison for 12 years or longer.

Candice R. Martinez pleaded guilty in an Alexandria, Va., court and sentencing was set for March 3, The Washington Post reported.

Martinez, 19, was taking classes at a community college and decided to rob banks after she met Dave Williams, a former bank teller, the newspaper said. The two had decided to move into an apartment in Chantilly, Va.

Williams, 19, was accused of participating in the robberies and pleaded to similar counts in a plea-bargain agreement.

Court records showed the pair typed out robbery notes on a home computer, the Post said. The note was taped to a box, which Martinez carried into each bank as she casually chatted on her cell phone to Williams, who sat outside in the getaway car.

Authorities said the four robberies the two are accused of committing netted $48,620. They used the money to buy a car, two big-screen TVs and designer clothes and bags.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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