WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - The Lebanon woman accused of driving the getaway car for the man who robbed a bank in White River Junction at the beginning of this year was finally brought into court on Monday.
Katelyn Grizzaffi, 23, of Lebanon pleaded innocent to a single felony count of acting as an accessory after the fact, a crime which carries a potential maximum penalty of up to 7 years in prison if she were to be convicted.
Grizzaffi was released from the courthouse Monday afternoon on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond and a set of pre-trial conditions which include a requirement that she provide proof to the court that she is attending substance abuse counseling.
On the afternoon of January 7th, just a couple of hours after the Mascoma Savings Bank on Maple Street in White River Junction was robbed, Grizzaffi was stopped at gunpoint by Massachusetts State Police troopers after she was spotted driving with three passengers onboard through their state on Interstate 91.
The troopers pulled robbery suspect Stephen “Joker” Lynch from the backseat of Grizzaffi’s 2007 Subaru Impreza and found that his pockets were stuffed with twenty dollar bills, according to police reports which also said that Grizzaffi also had a large amount of cash, all in twenties, in her jacket as well.
Lynch, 28, was returned to Vermont earlier this year where he entered an innocent plea to a single felony count of larceny from a person in connection with the bank holdup despite his having given what police described as an extensive and full confession. Lynch was ordered held for lack of bail and is awaiting trial with his next court appearance currently scheduled for December.
Detectives who interviewed Grizzaffi immediately after her arrest in Massachusetts said that she too gave a taped confession in which she explained that Lynch had texted her from South Royalton and asked her to pick him up so she could drive him to White River Junction because “Lynch was planning on robbing a bank and they were then going to all travel to Connecticut and use the money from the bank to purchase heroin.”
The other two passengers in Grizzaffi’s car, Corey Riendeau and Andrea Gilbert (who described herself to authorities as Lynch’s girlfriend) also reportedly corroborated Lynch and Grizzaffi’s roles in the bank robbery and the subsequent getaway drive, according to affidavits filed with the court.
Massachusetts detectives said that Grizzaffi had over a thousand dollars on her person when they took her into custody on the highway in the town of Bernardston and they said that she had a taser tucked into the driver’s side door compartment of her car, factors which led police in Massachusetts to recommend she be charged in their state with possession of stolen property and possession of an electric stun gun without a permit.
Katie Grizzaffi, 23, of Lebanon, NH has been charged as an accessory after the fact
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