A former Columbus Police officer accused of helping a man rob a Columbus bank prior to law enforcement employment pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
Shatoya Nicole Wright, 22, entered the plea in front of federal Judge Clay Land on charges of bank larceny and withholding information of a crime.
She faces up to 15 years on the charges. Land will sentence her at a later date. She has been free on bond since her February arrest and will remain so until the sentencing.
Wright was a teller at the Wachovia Bank on Milgen Road when the robbery occurred on Oct. 6, 2007. Odis Christopher Hailstock, 30, of Columbus, was arrested hours after the heist and charged with the robbery. Disguised as a woman, he entered the bank around 9:35 a.m. and handed Wright a note threatening her and demanding money, investigators said. The teller gave Hailstock $7,955. He left without injuring anyone.
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She was later reviewed a photo lineup of potential suspects that included Hailstock's picture. She did not identify him as the man who robbed the bank.
In testimony that came out in court Wednesday, Wright had met with Hailstock prior to the robbery and agreed to hand him the money when he entered the bank. She also had an agreement to divide the proceeds.
Two months after the robbery, Wright was hired as a Columbus Police officer.
Wright was arrested Feb. 13, 2009. She was interviewed by FBI agents and denied any knowledge of the theft.