The getaway driver in a March bank robbery was sent to prison for a little over a year Friday.
During a sentencing hearing, Michaela M. Anderson, 19, was ordered to serve 15 months in prison for her involvement in the March 5 robbery at Security National Bank, 828 Scioto St.
On that date, bank employees were approached by co-defendant Ryan H. Seibert wearing a stocking over his face and demanding they turn over a bag they were carrying near the outside ATM. An employee threw the bag to the ground and Seibert retrieved the bag.
Anderson drove Seibert near the bank and was the getaway driver following the crime.
The co-defendants were taken into custody on Sept. 23. Prior to the arrests, Urbana police investigators spent hundreds of hours investigating the case including Urbana officers going to Florida twice to follow leads after the co-defendants fled the state.
Anderson pleaded guilty to a fourth degree felony of attempted robbery on Nov. 20.
During Friday’s hearing, Anderson was found to have violated her bond as she communicated with Seibert through letters while both were in custody.
Speaking on the sentence, Judge Nick Selvaggio said more than the minimum sentence was given because of the nature of the offense.
“We cannot have individuals in this community committing bank robbery offenses without the understanding that prison will be their destination,” Selvaggio said. “The court gives less than the maximum amount of 18 months because of the defendant’s age as well as the defendant’s secondary role in the offense and the fact that she turned herself in.”
In addition to the prison term, Anderson was ordered to pay $10,587.36 in restitution to the bank, a $250 fine. The vehicle used in the crime will be forfeited to the Urbana Police Division.
Upon her release, Anderson is subject to post release control up to three years.
Seibert, 22, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to a fifth degree felony theft charge, a third degree felony robbery charge, a fourth degree felony receiving stolen property charge and a third degree felony tampering with evidence charge on Nov. 30.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 29 and faces a potential maximum consecutive sentence of 102 months in prison and a $27,500 fine.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.