Woman, 86, placed on probation for bank robbery guilty plea
PHILADELPHIA (AP/WTXF) - An 86-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to charges in a Philadelphia bank robbery has been placed on a year's probation.
Court records indicate Emily Coakley entered pleas to lesser charges of possession of an instrument of crime and simple assault while charges including robbery and theft were withdrawn.
Police say Coakley went into the West Philadelphia bank on November 21 with her walker, pulled out a revolver and demanded $400 from the tellers behind the counter. Penn police quickly arrived and arrested her.
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The district attorney's office said Tuesday that Coakley believed the bank had shorted her $400. Prosecutors cited her health issues and the fact the gun was empty as factors in the plea deal for non-reporting probation.
Coakley's attorney hasn't returned a phone call seeking comment.