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Accused bank robber to plead guilty to Grand Forks holdups

FARGO -- A woman accused of robbing two Grand Forks banks last fall was supposed to go to trial Tuesday. But the trial has been canceled and the woman is going to plead guilty, according to a plea deal.

FARGO - A woman accused of robbing two Grand Forks banks last fall was supposed to go to trial Tuesday. But the trial has been canceled and the woman is going to plead guilty, according to a plea deal.

Charlene Mae Corona, 39, is charged in Fargo federal court with two counts of bank robbery.

She is accused of robbing Bremer Bank on Sept. 30 and Citizens Community Credit Union on Oct. 12.

Corona, who also goes by Charlene Mae Espinoza, was supposed to begin a three- or four-day trial Tuesday in Fargo. But a plea deal filed Monday says Corona will instead plead guilty to both bank robbery charges at a different, unscheduled date. The plea deal doesn't include a recommended sentence, but it does say the prosecution will "recommend a sentence at the low end of the guideline range." The two sides are also still negotiating restitution.

Before the deal, Corona faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the bank robbery charge

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