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Cottage Grove woman sentenced for robbing Maplewood bank

A 30-year-old Cottage Grove woman was sentenced Monday in federal court in

Minneapolis for the August 29, 2009, robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Maplewood, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office from the District of Minnesota.

Ma Myrrelli Juanillo Asuncion was sentenced by United States District Court Judge David S. Doty to 18 months in prison on one count of bank robbery, according to the release.

Asuncion was indicted on Sept. 23, 2009, and pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, 2010, the release says.

In her plea agreement, Asuncion admitted stealing $2,487 from the bank and making up the

story that she was forced to rob the bank to protect her children. According to an affidavit filed

in the case, Asuncion entered the bank and passed a teller a note that stated she needed $15,000,

or her children would be harmed. The teller complied, giving Asuncion all the money in the

teller drawer. Asuncion then handed the teller another note that stated she was being forced to

commit the robbery. In the plea agreement, Asuncion admitted signing the second note with a

false name. Asuncion turned herself into the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Aug.30,

2009, according to the release.