Woman admits driving man to bank robberies

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Amherst woman could face up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery on Wednesday.

Sheila Cassata of Amherst admitted driving co-defendant Michael Mitchell to a KeyBank in Buffalo last December knowing Mitchell intended to rob the bank. The 48-year-old woman also drove Mitchell to an M&T Bank in Buffalo and a First Niagara Bank in Lackawanna in January, also knowing Mitchell was going to rob the banks.

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Mitchell is currently facing charges for allegedly robbing those three banks. In addition, he’s accused of teaching 11 other people on how to commit bank robberies.

He and Cassata were arrested last January, when federal prosecutors say Mitchell was in the process of planning another robbery.

Cassata will be sentenced in October.

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