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Mommy Dearest: Indiana Mother and Daughter Sentenced for String of Bank Robberies

Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Indianapolis Bank Robberies
Source: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Sierra Hunt (left) and Shamiya Hunt (right) both pleaded guilty for a string of bank robberies in the Indianapolis area.

Apr. 15 2024, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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A mother-daughter bank-robbing duo with prior convictions has been sentenced to a combined 12 years in prison for robbing six banks in the Indianapolis area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana.

Sierra Hunt, 56, was sentenced to 68 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement recently.

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Hunt robbed four banks, and participated as the getaway driver in two additional robberies between April 9, 2022, and Oct. 25, 2022.

The four robberies committed by Hunt took place at Chase Bank locations in Indianapolis, and resulted in $26,655 in losses.

In each case, Hunt passed a teller a note demanding money. In one robbery, the note was written on the back of a Family Dollar receipt, which police used to locate and arrest her.

Shamiya Hunt, 37, robbed a Chase Bank location and a Regions Bank location, with her mother operating as getaway driver.

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In October 2023, she was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery and attempted bank robbery while on supervised release for a previous heroin trafficking conviction.

She was captured after an employee at Regions Bank saw her get into a maroon Honda Accord with body damage and a busted tail light. FBI agents found the getaway car around an hour later and arrested her.

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Shamiya Hunt was released from prison in 2022 after serving a 10-year sentence for heroin trafficking. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the terms of her supervised release.

Sierra Hunt, meanwhile, has previously been convicted of multiple felonies including theft, conversion and child selling, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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“It is incredibly disheartening to see a mother and daughter working together to victimize so many folks who were just going about their day working at and patronizing the bank,” U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers said in a statement. “Thanks to the quick investigative work of the FBI, these defendants have been held accountable for their actions. The serious federal prison sentence imposed here demonstrates that these crimes carry serious consequences.”

TMX contributed to this report.


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