Knoxville Woman Sentenced to More Than 7 Years for Bank Robbery

March 18, 2014 , by The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC
By The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC on March 18, 2014 8:12 AM |

Twenty-year-old Jordan Nicole Nicley of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recently sentenced to serve more than seven years in federal prison for her role in a May 31, 2013 attempted armed-robbery of a local bank.

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According to court records, Nicley's accomplices, Kaylon M. Batts and Dion A. Kinnear, disguised themselves as construction workers and entered the 2075 North Broadway SunTrust Bank location. They then threatened employees at gunpoint and demanded keys for the vault. However, since no employee had the keys, Batts and Kinnear fled the scene empty-handed.

The pair drove away in a Ford Ranger pickup truck that they had previously carjacked, which they promptly abandoned in a nearby alley. At that point, prosecutors claim Nicley picked them up in a Honda CRV and assisted them with their escape. Police officers later found the stolen pickup truck along with evidence of the foiled robbery, including discarded hardhats, orange vests, and bank slips.

Given Nicley's age and lack of criminal history, it is no wonder that she was overcome by emotions when U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced her to seven years and four months in prison. Through tears, Nicley told Judge Varlan that she wished to be home with her family and to start over.

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Source: Knox News Sentinel, "Woman who drove getaway car in bank robbery gets prison sentence despite tears," Feb. 20, 2014