MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A woman who used cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a suburban Detroit bank has been sentenced at least four years, five months in prison.
Police say 53-year-old parole absconder Ophelia A. Neal robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch on April 6 in Macomb County's Clinton Township. It's about 15 miles north-northeast of Detroit.
Neal pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to bank robbery and explosives charges. Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce in Mount Clemens sentenced her Tuesday to serve up to 10 years in prison.
Police say Neal told bank employees she had a bomb in her cloth bag and demanded money, then fled in a car with a man at the wheel. Investigators recognized her from surveillance images.
She has previous fraud, assault and marijuana convictions.
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