Woman sentenced for Pa. bank heist in clown getup

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Posted: Aug 12, 2011 6:50 PM
Woman sentenced for Pa. bank heist in clown getup

A Pennsylvania woman who donned a clown suit and robbed a bank last summer will spend two to 10 years in prison.

Forty-four-year-old Carolyn Williams was sentenced Friday in Northampton County court. She pleaded guilty in June to a felony robbery charge.

Williams made off with about $7,000 after wearing the garish outfit, red nose and rainbow wig into a Bethlehem Township bank last August and saying she had a bomb.

She falsely claimed she was forced to rob the bank by a kidnapper who had her children.

Williams' attorney says she suffers from bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and dependency on prescription drugs because of a spinal injury.