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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:09 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The passenger who passed a bomb threat through a tube at the drive-up window of a downtown Fairbanks bank in February was given a time-served sentence Wednesday afternoon.

As part of a plea agreement, Jenessa Kempski, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree felony theft.

Kempski was the passenger in a mini-van that pulled up Feb. 13 at the True North Credit Union on Cushman Street, according to the charges against her. A teller put $2,198 in the tube.

The money was recovered a few blocks away when police stopped the van in the parking lot of the Two Dice pawn shop. Police reportedly found Kempski stuffing the money into another vehicle.

Kempski also was given court orders not to drink alcohol during three years of probation or be in contact with Paulette Josephine Akrelrea, who was previously given a 10-day sentence for her role in driving the mini-van through the bank’s drive-up lane.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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