PORTLAND, Me. -- A woman who drove the getaway vehicle for a series of bank robberies around the state earlier this year, including three at area credit unions, was sentenced Monday to serve 50 months in prison.

Maria Mattson, 31, had pleaded guilty in August to charges of aiding and abetting robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

Mattson confessed to driving the getaway car during a Jan. 11 robbery at Cumberland Farms, a Jan. 12 heist at University CU in Portland, a Jan. 19 hold-up at TruChoice CU in Portland, a Feb. 7 robbery at Evergreen CU in Windham, and a Feb. 15 hold-up at Auburn Savings Bank in Lewiston.

In each robbery, Mattson drove as her accomplice, Paul Sans, 30, went inside with a hooded sweatshirt, mask, gloves and what appeared to be a handgun. Sans pleaded guilty in federal court in October to four counts of bank robbery and one count of interference with commerce by robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge George Signal sentenced Mattson to three years of supervised release and $19,161 in restitution to be paid jointly with Sans.


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