- On May 13, Rachel Einspahr robbed a Severance, Colorado, bank at the drive through window
- She allegedly told a bank teller there was a man in the car who would harm the children in her care if the teller didn't give her money
- 'The bank teller, under the assumption that lives were in danger, gave her $500,' the police statement said
- Einspahr admitted to the bank robbery and told police she needed the money to pay restitution in another theft case
- Her lawyer says she was facing 31 counts of embezzlement after she allegedly stole $32,000 from her former small-business employer
Rachel Einspahr (above), 28, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Colorado bank while babysitting two children
A Colorado woman accused of taking two children she was babysitting to a bank robbery was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday after she pleaded guilty to three charges in two separate cases.
Rachel Einspahr, 28, pleaded guilty to theft, forgery, and attempted robbery stemming from the incident at a Colorado bank as well as dozens of other embezzlement-related charges in a separate case, according to The Denver Post.
Einspahr was facing 31 charges after she allegedly skimmed money 'off the top' while she was managing a local business.
Einspahr's attorney, Michael Williams, said that the litany of embezzlement charges that his client was facing convinced her to eventually accept a plea bargain for both cases.
Prosecutors allege that Einspahr stole approximately $32,000 from a small business in which she worked.
If Einspahr weren't facing the other theft charges, she would have pleaded not guilty to the bank robbery, according to her lawyer.
'I think she’s overly charged in that [embezzlement] case,' Williams said.
'We don’t believe the people could’ve met that burden, but since she’s charged with three pages of counts in the other case she’s agreed to take the six years.'
Prosecutors say that Einspahr stole the money from her boss even though she acknowledged that she was well-treated.
'The defendant acknowledges [her employer] was someone who was very good to her, like family,' Wilson said.
'We’ve been trying to come up with an [agreement] that rightfully acknowledges the defendant’s actions.'
Einspahr was arrested after authorities said she drove through the drive-thru of a bank in Severance, Colorado with the two children on May 13.
After arriving at the bank, she sent a note to the teller saying that there was a man in her car who wanted money and was threatening to her hurt her children.
'Do not sound alarm, the man in the very back wants $100s and $50s … no dye packs or trackers … he has gun on my kids,' the note read, according to CBS.
Investigators say the teller at the Colorado East Bank & Trust in Severance gave her $500.
'The bank teller, under the assumption that lives were in danger, gave her $500,' the police said.
Sheriff's office spokesman Matt Turner says there wasn't a man in the car with them.
Einspahr admitted to the bank robbery and told police she needed the money to pay restitution in the other embezzlement case.
'To expose children to that type of activity when they’re in your care is a breach of trust,' Kathryn Wilson, one of the prosecutors in the case, told The Greeley Tribune.
Courtesy CBS 4
Bank: Investigators say the teller at the Colorado East Bank & Trust (pictured) in Severance gave her $500
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