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Woman pleads guilty to conspiracy

A Williamson woman pleaded guilty to her role in helping a man rob a Charleston bank.

Bernice White, 63, appeared Wednesday before Kanahwa Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey for what was originally scheduled as a pretrial hearing. In that hearing, attorneys said they reached a plea deal, where White pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

As part of her plea agreement, White’s bank robbery charge will be dismissed.

Assistant Kanawha Prosecutor Michele Drummond said last October, White accompanied Stephen Spires, 61, and Sandra Mullins, 39, both of Williamson, to Charleston knowing Spires would commit a crime.

Drummond said Spires handed a note demanding money to a teller at the Chase Bank on Washington Street East. The clerk gave him about $2,000 and he left in a car with White and Mullins.

Drummond said White was paid to drive to Charleston that day and before they went to the bank, they stopped off at two local stores to buy walkie talkies and batteries.

When police stopped the car in Chapmanville, they found Spires, White and Mullins inside. Police also found cash sticking out of the seat along with a pellet gun and the walkie talkies. Drummond said the money had blood on it that matched Spires.

Spires previously pleaded guilty to bank robbery and Mullins has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

White will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Depending on the results of the pre-sentence report, Drummond said she will recommend either probation or home confinement.

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