June 22, 2018
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Westbrook woman sentenced to more than 4 years for driving getaway car

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Westbrook woman who pleaded guilty to driving the getaway car in the armed robbery of a Portland convenience store in January and a Lewiston bank in February was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to four years and two months in federal prison.

Maria Mattson, 31, was charged with interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and aiding and abetting bank robbery.

She was apprehended with Paul Sans, 30, of Westbrook in Windham about 30 minutes after the bank robbery on Feb. 15.

After her arrest, Mattson confessed to being the getaway driver for robberies of three credit unions — the University Credit Union and the TruChoice Credit Union, both in Portland, and the Evergreen Credit Union in Windham, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge George Singal sentenced Mattson to three years of supervised release after she completes her prison term. She also was ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution to the bank and the convenience store.

Sans pleaded guilty in October to charges in connection with both robberies. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The maximum penalty for bank robbery is 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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