An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in order to get money for cosmetic procedures she planned to undergo in Mexico. Iconic Facce, formerly known as Jimmy Maurice Lewis II, she admitted to two counts of robbery for the March 22, 2019 holdup of BanCorpSouth in the town of Gulfport. Now, she’ll be serving two 15-year sentences concurrently for her crimes, WXXV-TV reports.
- Facce received the maximum prison sentence. Circuit Judge Randi Peresich Mueller gave Facce the maximum 15-year sentence for each of her charges, meaning she’ll be behind bars for three decades. It’s unclear if she will be eligible for parole any earlier than that.
- The whole robbery was caught on camera. Employees at the BanCorpSouth location on Cowan Road sounded the alarm for Gulfport Police to attend the scene after Facce approached a teller with a handwritten note that read “you have 1 min to give the money do not be wrong are [sic] die.” She did not produce a weapon at any point, but the first teller complied before being ordered to instruct a second teller to fill an additional bag with cash. Police released the images of Facce to the public and asked for help identifying the suspect, who was said to have a swollen face consistent with recent cosmetic surgery.
- After Facce abandoned her vehicle later that day, police tracked her down. Both tellers immediately identified Facce in a lineup and in person, she matched the suspect in the surveillance footage. Not only that, but “as the investigation continued, investigators were able to determine Facce’s cell phone service provider, and obtain phone data, including geolocation information. The geolocation data established that the phone was located in Gulfport, in the area of BancorpSouth on the morning of March 22, 2019, between the hours of 7 and 11 am,” said Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker, who was part of the prosecution team.
- She was arrested not long after. Facce used her winnings to fly to Mexico and undergo further cosmetic procedures. She was arrested trying to reenter the US at the Houston International Airport. “We commend the Gulfport Police Department and their steadfast work in identifying, locating, and apprehending this defendant. Their work is evidenced by this defendant requesting to plead guilty prior to the trial date. The sentence handed down by the Court holds the defendant accountable for her actions and assists in providing closure to the victims of this crime,” said District Attorney W. Crosby Parker.
- This wasn’t her first robbery. Facce had previously been convicted of another robbery on January 20, 2009. She was sentenced to 51 months in prison and after her release changed her name.