A Collinsville woman who handed notes to tellers demanding money pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of bank burglary.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said an investigation determined Easter Jimison, 37, entered First Collinsville Bank in Caseyville on Nov. 7 and handed the teller a note stating “put the money in a bag. Act normal. Don’t look around.” The bank teller placed stacks of bills on the counter until Jimison said “that’s enough,” then she put the money inside of her coat and walked out the front door of the bank. As a result, the FCB Caseyville Branch suffered a loss of $4,621.
Jimison walked into the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea on Dec. 5 and displayed a demand note to a bank teller. The note stated “give me the money, this is not a joke.” The teller promptly gathered the money from her drawer and placed it on the counter. Jimison said that she was unable to go through with the robbery and began to apologize and make excuses, stating that she needed the money for rent. As this was happening, an employee of the bank approached Jimison and referred her to a religious organization for financial assistance. Jimison then left the bank without taking the money.
Jimison arrived at First Collinsville Bank in Maryville Dec. 10 and unfolded a note to the teller which stated “act normal” and “withdrawal.” The bank teller promptly complied with the demand note and handed Jimison $1,144. Jimison left the bank, taking the money and the demand note with her.
Sentencing is set for June 11. Jimison will face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Caseyville Police Department, the Maryville Police Department and the Swansea Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hallock.