Teller sentenced to one year
A Brewton woman who played a big role in a February bank robbery at the Bank of Brewton’s main office was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Mobile Friday.
Pamela Steele was sentenced to 12 months and a day for her part in the crime that also found Robin Godwin charged in the case as well.
Steele, who was formerly a vault teller at the bank, was accused of assisting Godwin in the heist that netted the crooks more than a quarter of a million dollars, according to court records.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson said Steele waited until April to admit her involvement in the crime. Court records say Steele cooperated fully with authorities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide enough information to prosecute Godwin.
A member of the staff with U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose said the sentencing handed down Friday was imposed after consideration of her cooperation.
“She voluntarily surrendered at the time,” a staff member said.
Arthur Powell served Steele as defense attorney in the case. He could not be reached for comment as of press time Friday.
Steele entered a guilty plea on conspiracy charges in August for her part in the crime.
In October, Robin Ann Godwin of Century, Fla., pleaded guilty to count two of an indictment charging her with bank robbery. She is expected to return to court Jan. 16, 2013 for sentencing on the charges.
In addition to the 12-month and a day sentence, Steele will have to abide by three years of supervised release.
Steele has also been ordered to pay $124,026 in restitution to the Bank of Brewton as part of her sentence.