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Cottage Grove woman pleads guilty to Maplewood bank robbery

A Cottage Grove woman faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court last week to an August robbery of a Maplewood bank.

Ma Myrrelli Juanillo Asuncion, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, admitting she stole $2,500 from a Maplewood Wells Fargo.

Asuncion's guilty plea came as part of a plea agreement, according to an FBI statement. The Cottage Grove woman admitted she made up a story about being forced to rob the bank on Aug. 29, 2009 following an investigation by the FBI and Maplewood Police Department.

According to the FBI: Asuncion entered the bank and passed a teller a note that stated she needed $15,000 or her children would be harmed. The teller complied, giving Asuncion all the money in his drawer, $2,487. Asuncion then handed the teller a second note that stated she was being forced to commit the robbery.

In her plea agreement, Asuncion admitted signing the second note with a false name. She turned herself into the FBI on Aug. 30, 2009.

Asuncion faces a potential maximum of 20 years in prison. United States District Court Judge David S. Doty will determine the sentence at a future date.