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Orfordville woman pleads guilty in robbery case

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Kevin Murphy
February 13, 2008
— An Orfordville woman who admitted driving a getaway car in connection with a Footville bank robbery Nov. 9 pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to armed robbery and firearm charges.

Skye Archambault, 20, faces a maximum of 35 years in prison at her April 29 sentencing before District Judge Barbara Crabb.


Archambault admitted to buying Halloween masks at a Rockford, Ill., Wal-Mart and going along with the planned robbery of the Mid-American Bank. She drove the “switch car” after meeting the robbers who fled the bank in a stolen Lexus.


Archambault was dating Troy Thomas, 35, Rockford. Both were broke and needed money, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber. Although some of Archambault’s five co-defendants told authorities that Archambault suggested robbing the Footville bank, Graber declined Tuesday to credit her with the idea.


Graber said three armed men entered the Footville bank during the noon hour on Nov. 9 and demanded money. A teller gave them $5,895 from the drive-up window and a cash drawer along with bait bills authorities could later trace to the robbery, said Graber.


A man in the bank during the robbery told authorities that one of the men point a long gun at the man’s head, Graber said.


The robbers fled in a stolen black Lexus but were spotted by a garbage hauler when they ditched the Lexus and switched to a brown Mercury Marquis driven by Archambault and registered in Illinois to Thomas, according to affidavits filed with the court.


The Rock County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the car switch, and a deputy located the vehicle and pursued it toward Rockford at speeds up to 80 mph, Graber said. The suspects eventually stopped the car where Thomas and Archambault were apprehended.


Thomas is scheduled to enter a guilty plea today in federal court.


Archambault agreed to give authorities a full statement of her involvement and the roles of her co-defendants. In exchange, Graber agreed to recommend a reduced sentence.


A March 17 trial is scheduled for the remaining defendants, Donald Thompson, 21; Curtis Seaberry, 20; Lisa Ramos, 30, and Matthew Evans, 36, all of Rockford.



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