FAIRBANKS — The getaway driver in a March robbery of a Farmers Loop gas station will serve three years probation for her role in the stickup and will be required to testify against three co-defendants.
Under the agreement Taniesha Rose Emry, 20, pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree felony theft.
Her attorney, Frank Spaulding, said Tuesday that Emry didn’t know beforehand she was going to be a getaway driver and described her as the “least culpable” of the four defendants.
“Ms. Emry didn’t realize this was going to be occurring until it was already too late. By that time she was in the vehicle with armed people that she didn’t really have the opportunity to dispute with,” he said.
No one was hurt and all the cash was later recovered after the early morning March 3 robbery of the Farmers Loop Sourdough Fuel station.
But at Tuesday’s hearing one of the victims of the robbery said the plea agreement was too lenient. Speaking in the courtroom by phone he said he thought he was going to die when he had a gun pointed at his head and was forced to his knees. He said he hasn’t been able to sleep well since the robbery.
“I’d just like to apologize,” Emry said to the clerk at the hearing. “I hope I am doing everything I can to help the case and I’m sorry for what you are going through.”
The case is still pending for alleged gunmen Brandon Roberts and Marcus Howard, who are accused of threatening clerks with pistols, and taking cash and alcohol from the store. Another alleged accomplice Matthew Cady Houger is also charged with robbery.
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