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Woman sentenced for robbing 2 banks in 20 minutes

Friday - 6/28/2013, 10:44am  ET

WASHINGTON -- A Washington woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for robbing two northwest banks in 20 minutes.

Thirty-six-year-old Mercedes Romero was also ordered to pay nearly $1,600 in restitution to the banks at sentencing Thursday.

According to government evidence, Romero walked into a PNC Bank on Wisconsin Avenue about 9:10 a.m. Feb. 4. Prosecutors say she gave a teller a note demanding cash, and walked out.

At about 9:28 p.m., Romero went into the Bank of America on Connecticut Avenue, gave the teller a demand note and said she had a gun. She fled after being given cash.

Romero was arrested on Feb. 21 after her picture was widely published and broadcast.

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