Sacramento Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery and Lying to FBI Agents
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 30, 2009|
SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that YULILA STEPANISKO, 20, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty this morning before United States District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. to bank robbery and lying to federal agents.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Elk Grove Police Department, and the Citrus Heights Police Department.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez, who is prosecuting the case, on October 17, 2008, STEPANISKO robbed the Washington Mutual Bank located at 5801 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights. She robbed the bank via presentation of a demand note to a teller. She then fled the bank on foot with approximately $1,740. Later on October 17, 2008, STEPANISKO turned herself in to law enforcement and falsely claimed to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that two unknown Hispanic men forced her to rob the bank. Although she materially misled the responding federal agents, their investigation revealed that STEPANISKO had invented her coercion story.
STEPANISKO is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, February 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. by Judge Damrell. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.