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Woman Sentenced in Bank Robbery

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 15, 2013
  • District of South Dakota (605) 330-4400

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux City woman charged with bank robbery was sentenced on January 14, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Michelle Marie Bock, age 39, was sentenced to 36 months in custody, to be followed by two years of supervised release. She was also ordered to make restitution to the bank in the amount of $808.

Bock robbed the First Premier Bank, located at 3401 South Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls on July 17, 2012. At that time, she presented a note reading “This is a robbery” to a teller and was given money. Bock had taped fake dynamite to her torso and wore the “bomb” into the bank.

Bock concocted a story to law enforcement that she had been kidnapped in Sioux City and forced to rob the bank. She said two men had taped the bomb to her torso and said they told her they would blow it up if she failed to do as instructed.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Haak prosecuted the case.

Bock was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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