Woman Convicted in Bank Holdup
BENTON, IL - A southern Illinois woman faces up to life in federal prison now that she's been convicted of playing a role in a 2008 bank robbery.
A jury convicted 39-year-old Franchie Farmer of Tamms on Thursday of armed bank robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime. Federal prosecutors say Farmer was the getaway driver in November 2008 when Holli Wrice and Richard Anderson robbed the Capaha Bank in Tamms at gunpoint of more than $14,000.Wrice already is serving a 35-year prison sentence, and Anderson received a 10-year sentence.
Farmer faces a mandatory seven-year prison term on the weapons charge during her sentencing hearing Sept. 12. That sentence is to run consecutively to any punishment she gets on the robbery conviction.