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Published November 14, 2010, 08:05 AM

ND woman argues sentence in robbery

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A woman accused of buying a shotgun that was used by others to threaten a Gilby bank teller says the conviction should not be a felony.

Debra Jensen pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement during purchase of a firearm. Prosecutors say Jensen lied about whether she was buying the shotgun for herself.

Authorities say William Collins and Clifton Patterson held up the Gilby bank in May 2009.

Defense attorney Robert Hoy says Jensen has mental health issues and Collins took advantage of that to control and manipulate her. Hoy says a permanent felony conviction will hurt Jensen's chances to find housing and a job.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday in Grand Forks.