Cellphone Robber gets 12 Years

Candice Martinez, aka “The Cellphone Robber”, was sentenced today in Alexandria for committing several bank robberies in Northern Virginia, all while chatting away with her accomplice and boyfriend on her cellphone. The sentence was 12 years in (Federal PMITA) Prison: 7 for the use of a gun in a bank robbery and 5 more for the actual robbery.

The judge said he had reviewed Martinez’s life story, including her seeming rise to success at Boys and Girls Town and her enrollment in college. “Reading your life story,” Lee said, “one would have thought you’d be graduating from college. But now, you’re graduating to prison.”

5 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    Such a waste.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

    It is a big waste, it’s really quite sad.

  3. Phoenix Guy (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    The fact that she’s a 20-year-old woman doesn’t elicit any sympathy from me. She knew what she was doing, her boyfriend didn’t make her do anything and now she needs to take responsibility for what she did. I hope she serves out her 12-year sentence, I’m only disappointed she didn’t get more.

  4. Colleen (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

    It’s “cell phone bandit” not robber.

    And I think it is a waste when our society has failed someone. We need to realize that some people in our nation are luckier than others, and we need to figure out a way to strip luck out of making it in today’s world.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 6th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    I don’t think we CAN strip luck out of this world, Colleen.

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