Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 18, 2013

Va. woman gets 15 years for bank robberies

CHESTERFIELD, Va. — A woman who says she was depressed over her mother’s death has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbing four Chesterfield County banks.

A judge also ordered Touwana L. Tate-Edwards on Tuesday to pay nearly $8,700 in restitution.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Tate-Edwards says she used the money stolen in 2012 on drugs, daily expenses and trips with her grandchildren to her native Chicago.

The 49-year-old Tate-Edwards says her mother helped raise her children during a 7-year stint in the Navy. Her mother died last year.

The judge sentenced Tate-Edwards to 48 years in prison, with all but 15 years suspended.

Detectives investigating an unrelated crime had knocked on her door in Chesterfield and realized she fit the description of a woman seen on bank surveillance cameras.

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