Virden woman sentenced for Divernon bank robbery

Virden woman sentenced for Divernon bank robbery

VIRDEN (Nov. 9, 2017) – Linda Algood, 63, of Virden has been sentenced to three years of prison in connection with the Oct. 18, 2016, robbery of Illini Bank in Divernon (now part of United Community Bank).

According to records available through the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Algood had initially been charged with both robbery and theft and entered a not guilty plea on Nov. 3, 2016. However, the theft charge was dismissed on Oct. 13 of this year, and Algood withdrew her not guilty plea on the robbery charge (a Class 2 felony) on Oct. 31.

Algood will receive credit for the 378 days she served in prison while awaiting trial, and will have two years of mandatory supervised release. In addition, she will have to pay $2,198 for electronic monitoring, in the form of a civil judgment, as well as $7 of restitution to United Community Bank, to be paid from her bond amount.

The robbery occurred just after 4 p.m., when Algood entered the bank, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and covering part of her face by holding cloth near her mouth, and handed a teller a note asking for money. She left with money and police began a search for her blue van, which was stopped about half an hour later in Girard. When Algood was stopped, she had changed clothes, but the sweatshirt and shoes she had been wearing at the time of the robbery, as well as the stolen funds, were found in the van.