Bank robber to be released to halfway house

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 25, 2010, at 10:26 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The woman convicted of robbing a downtown Bangor bank eight years ago was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 17 months, or time served, for violating the conditions of her supervised release.

Mary Regina Elizabeth Gorsuch, 49, of Biddeford is expected to be released to a federal halfway house in Portland next month to begin serving an additional three years of supervised release.

She has been held without bail since her arrest on March 16, 2009, for allegedly robbing a Biddeford convenience store.

Although on bail, Gorsuch has been receiving treatment for paranoid schizophrenia at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Chapman said Wednesday.

Gorsuch was on supervised release last year for the May 6, 2002, armed robbery of the former Fleet Bank on Exchange Street in Bangor when she allegedly robbed Paul’s Variety in Biddeford. The March 16, 2009, armed robbery was similar to the bank robbery nearly eight years ago.

Gorsuch approached the counter in the convenience store, according to court documents, with a package of doughnuts and a soda. She allegedly told the clerk to give her the money in the cash register and said she had a gun.

While she had her hand in the right pocket of her jacket, Gorsuch allegedly showed the clerk something that appeared to be a gun barrel, then threatened to blow the employee’s head off. After the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, Gorsuch calmly walked across the street to a pizza parlor and placed an order, according to court documents.

She was waiting for her order when Biddeford police arrested her, according to a previously published report. Police found cash from the robbery but no weapon on Gorsuch. Police said that she had a Coca-Cola bottle in the right hand pocket of her jacket.

On the day of the Bangor bank robbery, Gorsuch demanded money and pointed an unloaded gun at three tellers in the Exchange Street bank, which is now the Bank of America. A few minutes later, she was arrested on Washington Street in Bangor. She had a plastic bag containing more than $8,000. When police arrested her, she was in a dazed and confused state, according to court documents.

In admitting Wednesday that she had violated conditions of her supervised release, Gorsuch said she had failed to follow her prescribed medication regimen. Conditions of her coming supervised release include residing at a group home after her two months at the halfway house in addition to following her new medication routine.

Gorsuch was indicted in May 2009 by the York County grand jury for Class A robbery. That charge is on hold but might be reinstated if she is not successful on supervised release.

If Gorsuch were to be convicted of the armed robbery, she would face up to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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