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Woman in botched bank heist sentenced to 19 years in prison

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A woman who participated in a botched Wells Fargo bank robbery was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in prison.

Laura Elshire, 43, pleaded guilty in November to charges of robbery and possession of a deadly weapon at a penal institution.

She had faced 33 years to life in prison for her involvement in the June 2013 robbery in which an accomplice was shot.

The judge took into account Elshire's prior conviction from 1997, for which she earned two strikes.

"The judge felt that because both of those strikes stemmed from the same incident, looking at her total history, the facts of that case, the facts of the current case, that the most just thing as to strike one of those strikes," Deputy District Attorney Chandelle Konstanzer said.

Elshire's two male accomplices have both pleaded guilty in several robberies. One received five years in prison, and the other will be sentenced next month.

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