Couple Indicted in Federal Court for Armed Robbery
A couple that has been charged of the October armed robbery of the America’s Best Value Inn and Suits in Northfield have been indicted in federal court.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Julie Ann Campana, 23, and Eric Wade Focier, 27, have been charged with one count of using, brandishing, carrying, and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime and with one count of interference with commerce. Forcer has an additional charge of being a felon who was in the unlawful possession of a firearm. This indictment was filed on December 3, 2012 with the initial federal court appearances taking place on December 4.
According to the indictment, Forcier and Campana robbed the inn on October 29 and allegedly used a .32 caliber pistol during the robbery. They only escaped with $100 in cash, some coins, and a number of cordless telephones.
Forcier’s previous conviction includes a second-degree drug charge in Dakota County, as well as a 2008 conviction for possession of stolen property. He was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession in 2007 and also convicted of a related charge of fleeing police.
As for the charges filed against Forcier in November in Rice County District Court, they include use of deadly force against a peace officer, first-degree aggravated robbery, reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality, and discharge of a firearm endangering safety. The charges total four felonies and all are connected with the hotel robbery and the manhunt that ensued.
The maximum penalty for all charges together include a $75,000 fine and 44 years in prison.
Campana has been charged with aiding and abetting the robbery, which is a felony. She could serve up to 20 years in prison and pay fines up to $35,000.
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