Bank employees testified on Tuesday morning in the trial for a woman who pleaded guilty to robbing the Tyler Regions Bank branch on Loop 323 in March that they were fearful for their lives when they saw Vanessa Ashley Ashford, 28, enter the bank with a knife.
Ms. Ashford, who pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery on Monday in the Smith County 241st District Court could receive probation or up to life in prison for the crime, prosecutor Jason Parrish said. She has opted to have a jury decide her punishment.
The defendant also confessed to the Feb. 29 robbery of the Telco Credit Union, 620 W. Front St. in Tyler, Tyler police said in March. Parrish said on Monday he would try Ms. Ashford in that case in a separate trial.