BOWLING GREEN - A Bowling Green woman pleaded guilty yesterday to charges stemming from her role in a November bank robbery.
Marijane Tripp, 21, pleaded guilty in Wood County Common Pleas Court to robbery, arson, unlawful possession or use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, and tampering with evidence. She is to be sentenced Oct. 7 by Judge Robert Pollex.
Tripp and Joel Westfall, 27, of Bowling Green, were arrested in Bowling Green, Ky., a few days after the Huntington National Bank branch on North Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio, was robbed and what appeared to be a homemade bomb was left at the bank.
Paul Dobson, an assistant Wood County prosecutor, said Tripp acted as an accomplice in the holdup by following Mr. Westfall as he allegedly drove from the bank to a rural cemetery, then set fire to a vehicle that contained robbery evidence. Materials used to make the phony bomb were found in Tripp's apartment, Mr. Dobson said.
As part of the plea agreement, Mr. Dobson said he will recommend a four-year prison sentence for Tripp and will not oppose judicial release, for which she could apply after serving six months in prison.
Westfall, currently serving a 12-year prison term for robbing a pharmacy in Bowling Green, Ky., has not yet been prosecuted in Wood County, where he faces two counts of robbery for the bank holdup and a robbery at a local check-cashing business, plus two counts of making a terrorist threat and one count each of arson, unlawful possession or use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, and tampering with evidence.