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Cedar Rapids woman sentenced on federal bank robbery and gun charges

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Verkisha Burns was sentenced Friday to 127 months in prison on charges of bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

In October 2009, Katalyn Curtis entered the West Chester Savings Bank in Washington to ask about opening an account.  Shortly after Curtis left the bank, Burns entered wearing a hoodie and sunglasses.  Burns gave a note to the tellers informing them that she was robbing the bank and to put the money in the bag.  A bank officer asked Burns to remove her hood and Burns responded by pointing a gun at the bank employees.  After the tellers turned over $3,760, Burns left the bank and drove away. 

Ten minutes after the getaway, a Washington County deputy stopped the vehicle.  Curtis was driving and Burns was lying down in the back seat.  In the car, police also found a handgun, a bag similar to the one used in the robbery and the same clothing worn by the robber.

Curtis and Jones both previously pleaded guilty to the charges.  Jones will face three years of supervised release after her prison term as well as $400 in restitution fees for counseling for affected bank employees.

Curtis still faces sentencing.

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