GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Texas mother and daughter accused of robbing a Gulfport bank in March pled guilty in U.S. District Court Monday.
Evie Mearlene Herrin, 58, and Amelia Darci Crew, 30, of Cleveland, Texas, each now face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The women will be sentenced January 7, 2013 by Senior U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III.
The bank robbery took place on March 26 at the Regions Bank on Highway 49 in Gulfport. Investigators said it was mom who actually went inside the bank, while her daughter waited in the car.
Just seven minutes after the robbery was reported, officers pulled the pair over on Interstate 10, near the Harrison County Jail. Though witnesses at the bank didn't see a weapon, they told police the woman implied she had one. Police said they found a gun in the suspects' car.
"We are pleased with the efforts put forth in the joint investigation between the Gulfport Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is evident that this working relationship is a benefit to the Gulfport Community, as made evident by the successful prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office," said Gulfport Police Chief Weatherford.