MT. VERNON — One of the three suspects involved in a December bank robbery in Mt. Vernon has entered a guilty plea and has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.Amy M. Ramsey, 27, of Waltonville, pleaded guilty to one count of financial institution robbery, a Class 1 felony, and was sentenced to serve eight years in DOC, followed by two years' of mandatory supervised release. The charge stems from her role in the Dec. 10, 2012, robbery of the Jefferson County Schools Credit Union in Mt. Vernon. Ramsey will begin serving her prison sentence immediately.According to State's Attorney Doug Hoffman, as a condition of the plea agreement reached, Ramsey has agreed to cooperate fully with law enforcement and the Jefferson County State's Attorney's office in the prosecution and trial of her co-defendants' cases, including charges against Jeffrey Wilson related to the Nov. 27, 2012, robbery of the Community First Bank of the Heartland in Woodlawn. Ramsey also agreed to pay court costs and pay restitution to the Credit Union, according to Hoffman.Jeffrey Wilson, 41, of Waltonville, is scheduled to be back in court at 9:30 a.m. April 9 for a pre-trial hearing, and his wife, Jessica, 30, is scheduled for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. on May 15. Jeffrey Wilson previously waived his right to a speedy trial. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one charge of financial institution robbery for the credit union robbery; and armed robbery, two counts of financial institution robbery and aggravated robbery in connection with the holdup of the Woodlawn bank. An undetermined amount of money was taken in both robberies.Jessica Wilson is a suspect in the credit union robbery. Her bond was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000 in February on the condition she receive drug and alcohol rehabilitation from Gateway Foundation, based in Carbondale.In response to the plea, Hoffman stated, "I am pleased we were able to bring the first of these three defendants to justice and send her to prison for a significant length of time. This defendant's cooperation and testimony against her co-defendants will further assist us in our efforts to prosecute all those involved in the recent robberies that have terrorized our community. I applaud the work of local law enforcement on this case."
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