MARIETTA, Georgia (AP) — One of the two young women dubbed the “Barbie Bandits” after a videotaped bank theft pleaded guilty Wednesday and apologized in tears. “I regret what I did. I wish I could take it back every day,” Heather Johnston, 19, told the judge. She said she decided to plead guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor marijuana possession because she wanted to take responsibility for her actions. She did not have a deal with prosecutors. Surveillance video showed Johnston and Ashley Miller wearing sunglasses and laughing as they appeared to steal nearly $11,000 from a Bank of America branch in Acworth, Georgia on February 27. Authorities later said the bank teller was in on the plot. According to authorities, Miller and Johnston went on a shopping spree afterward and even gave money to the homeless. They were arrested two days later. Charges against Miller, the bank teller and another man are still pending.
And, the kicker:
Johnston, who had no prior criminal record, and her parents asked Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley not to send her to prison… To her family and friends, she said, “If I’ve embarrassed you or hurt you, which I know I have, then I’m sorry.”
Right. Because all it takes is to own up to what you done and everybody’d be cool with that. Rob a bank? I take full responsibility: don’t send me to prison. Killed somebody? Yeah, I’m really sorry about that: let me go. Some things you can’t take back.