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Robbery suspect's fiance dies day after alleged bank heist

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SANTEE (CBS 8) – A mother is pleading for mercy on her grieving daughter, an accused bank robber who lost her fiance to a deadly car accident.

"She was definitely at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people," said Sherry Woodruff, the mother of Laura Elshire.

Saturday at Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility was the first time Woodruff had seen her daughter since Elshire was arrested in connection to a violent robbery at a University City Wells Fargo bank on Tuesday.

Elshire, 42, is remorseful from behind bars after the alleged violent robbery attempt.

Police say a bank security guard botched the crime by shooting one of the accomplices, Casey Allen Wilson, and pistol whipping Elshire.

"She says, 'Tell them I'm a good person but I sometimes make really stupid, stupid mistakes,'" said Woodruff, quoting her daughter.

Elshire showed little emotion when she plead not guilty in court on Friday.

Her mother says she let it all out when she learned her fiance David Doiron died in a car accident the night after her arrest.

Investigators say Doiron was using his cell phone and speeding when he crashed his pickup truck into trees in Poway on Wednesday night.

"She did break down," said Woodruff. "I kind of did too. He was the nicest sweetest guy in the world."

According to Woodruff, the two had only been engaged a few months before the crash claimed Doiron's life and Elshire potentially picked up her third strike.

She was convicted in 1997 for robbery and attempted murder, meaning she could now face 30 years to life in prison.

Woodruff had hoped to never have to visit her daughter at Las Colinas again but now all she can hope for is mercy.

"I don't think anybody deserves to have that kind of sentence," said Woodruff, "unless they've killed somebody."

Woodruff plans to post her daughter's $105,000 bail this weekend so she can begin preparing for her fiance's funeral.

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