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Sentencing for 'blond bandit' in bank robberies

Thursday - 8/9/2012, 1:58pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A northern Virginia woman who became known as the "blond bandit" following a string of bank robberies and carjackings last year could be facing 10 years or more in prison.

Stephanie Schwab of Manassas pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing $3,200 in a pair of November bank robberies, plus another attempted robbery. She also admitted stealing a car from relatives and carjacking two others.

Schwab had been a member of the MS-13 street gang and for a period of time was in the Witness Protection Program after testifying at high-profile murder trial.

Prosecutors are seeking a term of at least 10 years at a sentencing hearing Thursday. That would be in line with federal sentencing guidelines.

Court papers indicate Schwab blamed her crime spree on a heroin addiction.


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