Fairbanks woman sentenced to 10 years for robbery

Associated PressMay 2, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A state judge has sentenced a 33-year-old Fairbanks woman to 10 years in prison for robbing a credit union.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Jessica Nel Brown on Tuesday pleaded guilty to robbery as part of a plea deal. Other charges were dropped.

Brown on Jan. 30 was scheduled to plead guilty to impersonating others to get painkiller pills. However, prosecutors say, before her afternoon sentencing hearing that day, Brown passed a threatening note to a teller at the Alaska USA Credit Union inside a Fred Meyer store on Fairbanks' west side. A teller handed over $4,275. Police arrested Brown a few hours later.

Brown at her sentencing apologized to her family. She says she plans to stay sober and take advantage of program options offered in prison.

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