An East Hollywood woman who had been dubbed one of the “Discount Bitcoin Bandits” pleaded no contest Thursday to a second-degree robbery charge.
Precious Lanay Fitzgerald, 29, is facing 10 years in state prison and $85,715 in restitution to five victims, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Fitzgerald also admitted allegations that a handgun was used during the crime and that she had a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.
She is set to be sentenced Nov. 22 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
Co-defendant Lawillie Joshua Hall, 23, of East Hollywood, pleaded no contest April 2 to second-degree robbery and admitted a handgun allegation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is facing four years in state prison and $29,900 in restitution to two victims, with his sentencing set for Dec. 17.
Fitzgerald and Hall were arrested in March 2018 by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division following an investigation into the robberies of customers trying to buy the cryptocurrency between October 2017 and February 2018. They have remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.
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