SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A woman accused in a botched bank robbery in University City is speaking exclusively to News 8.
Laura Elshire, 42, has been behind bars since the failed robbery more than six weeks ago, unable to make bail. She called News 8 late Friday afternoon from the Las Colinas Women's Detention Center in Santee.
While she wouldn't speak about specifics about the mid-June robbery, Elshire looks back and doesn't understand, in her words, how she was part of it with two other suspects.
Elshire has pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery and is being held on $105,000 bail.
During her time in jail, she learned that her fiancé, David Doiron, died in a Poway car wreck. Elshire was wounded by a security guard during the robbery attempt.
Elshire also admitted she will have to do some prison time for the crime, which resulted in the wounding of 27-year-old Casey Allen Wilson, her alleged accomplice. The getaway driver, 28-year-old Robert Hodge, is still at large.
When we asked the potential third-striker if she had any message for family members and friends, she had an emotional response.
"I'm really not the monster that I'm made out to be. I know I'm going to be doing some time, which is -- I take responsibility for any of my actions. However I want to be out, I'm trying to make bail. I want to be out with my family and spend some time with my family.
"I'm facing some serious charges and some serious time and I want to be out with my mom and my stepdad and my family. I was incarcerated when my father passed away and I don't think I ever healed from it," Elshire said.
Elshire was convicted in 1997 of attempted murder and robbery and faces up to five years in prison for this recent crime. But if a court finds her priors to be valid, she could be sentenced to up to 30 years to life, according to San Diego county prosecutors.
She is scheduled to return to court next Thursday, where she will ask a public defender to lower her bail so family members can try to get her out of jail as soon as possible.