Woman gets 3 years for bank robbery
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 07,2012
A woman charged in five bank robberies will serve 37 months in prison following her conviction on one of them.
Jill Ludwig of Castleton received the sentence Thursday in federal court in Rutland. She must also pay the banks a total of $21,852 in restitution (to be paid jointly with her boyfriend, John Maynard) and spend three years on supervised release following her prison term.
Court documents described how Ludwig came to Vermont from New Jersey in the spring of 2011.
“She thereby avoided arrest and prosecution in New Jersey on an April 2011 felony indictment for stealing over $10,000,” wrote William Darrow, assistant U.S. attorney.
Maynard joined her that July after getting out of prison in New Jersey, where court records said he was serving time on a felony drug conviction.
That fall, according to court records, the duo robbed the Merchants Bank in Rutland, the Lake Sunapee Bank in West Rutland, the Citizens Bank in Poultney and twice robbed the TD Bank in Granville, N.Y. All the banks were within 30 miles of their Castleton home.
Each time, one of them entered the bank wearing a sweat shirt with the hood up and handed a teller a note demanding money, according to court records.
The Poultney robbery was their last, according to court records, because a witness wrote down their license plate number and gave it to police. After arresting them in a traffic stop, police searched their apartment and found dye pack-stained money, a bathtub stained when they tried to wash the dye off the money and the note used in the robbery.
Prosecutors said Ludwig told police she robbed two of the banks and drove the car for Maynard when he robbed two others. She eventually pleaded guilty to the Poultney robbery.
Maynard has also made a guilty plea in the case and is scheduled for sentencing later this month.
In its sentencing arguments, the prosecutor noted that while Ludwig has no prior convictions, she appeared to have evaded two felony theft charges by moving from state to state and had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in court in connection with a 2007 Vermont embezzling charge.