A Bank Robbery, With a Baby on Board, Lands Getaway Driver a 22-Year Prison Sentence
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, the rest of the story:
As McDonald attempted to drive away from the bank, the dye pack exploded inside Rushing's purse, spewing red dye and smoke. McDonald grabbed the purse and threw it out of the car window. Police responding to the robbery quickly discovered Rushing's brown purse and could see the red dye-stained money and assorted identification and personal papers for Inequa Rushing. The police then went to Rushing's home in Dallas, where they found her and McDonald. Rushing told officers that she had robbed the bank and that McDonald had driven her to and from the bank. A search of the residence revealed the wig, clothing and red dye-stained shoes that Rushing had worn during the robbery. According to the evidence presented in court, the red dye-pack exploded in the getaway car, spraying noxious fumes and dye.Anyway. The 24-year-old Rushing pleaded guilty in April to a bank robbery charge. She got 46 months in federal prison. A month later, the 32-year-old McDonald pleaded guilty. He was sentenced yesterday -- to a 262-month sentence, which he must serve without parole, per U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle. Why so long a sentence? "Extensive criminal record," says the U.S. Attorney's Office. Also: bad parenting.