A Colorado woman accused of helping her boyfriend rob banks across the West like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $231,000.
Nova Guthrie, 31, and her boyfriend, Craig Pritchert (pictured, left), were accused in a string of holdups in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and New Mexico between 1997 and 1999. At one time they were on the FBI's most-wanted list.Prosecutors said the pair netted about $500,000 and used it to visit ski resorts and beaches around the world. They were on the FBI's most-wanted list and were captured in 2003 in South Africa, where they were living law-abiding lives under assumed names.Pritchert, 43, was recently sentenced to 22½ years in prison and was also ordered to repay $206,406.Guthrie pleaded guilty last year to three robberies in a deal that called for a sentence of nine to 11 years. Sentencing was delayed while her lawyer challenged federal sentencing guidelines, saying she should serve five to seven years instead.Prosecutors said a disguised Pritchert would carry a gun into banks, tie up employees with plastic restraints and duct tape, and leave with bags of money. Guthrie drove the getaway car.The two met in Farmington, N.M., and Pritchert eventually told her that he robbed banks."I saw something in him that matched something in me, and that never went away," Guthrie said in a newspaper interview after her capture. "I've never known a more kind or a more gentle man, or anyone who loved me better."Guthrie was raised in Boone, Colo., the last of eight children born to Ralph and Delores Guthrie, a steelworker and a schoolteacher.
Nova Guthrie and her boyfriend, Craig Pritchert, have been called a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde.