Footville bank robber gets 12 1/2 years

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
— Skye Archambault chose the Footville bank where her grandmother had an account as the target of a Nov. 9 robbery.

The 20-year-old Orfordville woman was abused as a child and had been living on her own since she was 15. She ended up dating a drug dealer twice her age.

“You do have a lot of good qualities, yet you have led a pretty wild life,” U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb told Archambault on Tuesday. “You were very much involved in this crime. You were in it up to your eyebrows, doing everything but go into the bank.”

Archambault was among six involved in the robbery, federal prosecutors say. She didn’t go inside but briefly drove one of the getaway cars.

“There are really no words to explain how truly sorry I am for my participation in this terrible tragedy,” Archambault said in court Tuesday.

“I would like to apologize to the victims and their families and also to my family for the pain, suffering and memories and any other trauma that have taken place because of this incident.

“I wish I could go back in time and stop this from happening, but I can’t.

“I will always have to live with the guilt and pain I’ve caused to each and every one of these people,” Archambault said. “However, I do pray that one day—even if it’s not today or tomorrow—that everyone will find it in their heart to forgive me for my bad choices and my actions.”

Although Archambault was involved “up to her eyebrows” in the robbery, Crabb gave her a relatively light sentence of 2 1/2 years in federal prison for bank robbery.

But because guns were used at Mid America Bank, the judge tacked on a mandatory 10 years in prison.

In addition to the 2 1/2 years behind bars, Archambault will be supervised for five years after her release. She also owes $950 restitution to the bank.

As part of a plea agreement, a charge of conspiracy was dropped.

Archambault was the first of six defendants to accept a plea agreement, and she testified in a jury trial against one of her co-defendants.

Archambault could have surrendered to a Rock County deputy who confronted the robbers but chose instead to get back into the getaway car, assistant U.S. attorney Dan Graber said in arguing for a tougher sentence

Though she is just 20, Archambault kept “pushing it, pushing it, pushing it” in a life of petty crime that led to bank robbery, the prosecutor said.

Last updated: 8:38 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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