Woman imprisoned for driving getaway vehicle after heist

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman has been given 30 months in prison for driving the getaway vehicle after a bank robbery in northwest Iowa.

The Sioux City Journal reported that Karen Merrick, 36, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. She'd pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. Prosecutors had charged her with bank robbery but changed the charge in return for her plea.

Merrick drove Phillip White away from Iowa State Bank in Le Mars after he robbed it on Dec. 12, 2018, prosecutors said. Officers managed to flatten the vehicle's tires during a chase and arrest the pair. More than $16,000 of the bank's money was recovered.

White was sentenced in November to 12 years in prison.

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