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Associated Press, Published November 19 2010

Woman gets probation in Gilby bank robbery

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A woman accused of buying a shotgun that was used in a bank robbery in the northeast North Dakota town of Gilby has been sentenced to probation.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled that Debra Jensen has "diminished capacities" because of a brain injury she suffered in a 1995 car crash and was easy to manipulate.

The 49-year-old Grand Forks woman pleaded guilty in August to making a false statement while buying the gun. The Grand Forks Herald reports that Erickson ordered her to serve three years of probation.

Authorities say William Collins and Clifton Patterson held up the Bremer bank in May 2009. Collins has pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced Nov. 29. Patterson is to stand trial Dec. 7.

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