PITTSFIELD -- A convicted bank robber who violated probation twice in six months was sentenced on Thursday to up to three years in state prison.
Brenda A. Santos, 23, of Boston, was given two years of probation in April after pleading guilty to unarmed robbery in connection with a March 2012 note passing bank robbery of a city credit union.
On March 30, 2012, Santos walked into the Greylock Federal Credit Union office on Elm Street during business hours wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses, handed a teller a note and made off with $2,900 in cash, according to police and prosecutors.
She and her co-defendant, Brandon Wood, 32, whom she had met in drug rehab before the heist, were arrested in Brookline a few days after the Pittsfield robbery. Police there had learned of their plans to rob two banks in that area, according to law enforcement officials.
Santos was given probation on the Pittsfield robbery as part of a joint recommendation between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Santos' lawyer, Jill Sheldon.
The maximum sentence for unarmed robbery is life in state prison.
According to Assistant Chief Probation Officer Michael Koperniak, Santos' probation conditions included that she attend a residential drug treatment program.
She skipped out of the program a week later before turning herself in two weeks after she disappeared.
After being reprobated, Santos returned to Boston and again skipped out on drug treatment and her whereabouts were unknown for several months until her arrest in South Boston on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property, according to Koperniak.
On Thursday, Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Santos to at least two years and no more than three years in state prison. Santos was given credit for more than a year she spent in jail on her original charge, unable to make bail, and on the time she has spent awaiting the probation violation charge.
Woods, who Sheldon alleged was the "mastermind" behind the crime, is currently serving a 3 1/2 to 5-year state prison sentence for the Greylock robbery and another bank heist in Boston. He pleaded out in both cases.
Santos' charges in Brookline and South Boston were dismissed, her lawyer said.
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