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Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

This news story was published on September 30, 2014.
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MASON CITY – She tried to rob a bank, and got caught. She tried to steal from Wal-Mart, and got caught. Now, she’s back behind bars.

Emily E. Francis, age 32, is now serving a 7 day jail term after being sentenced last week in a guilty plea to enhanced third degree theft. She as also placed on a year of probation and ordered to pay $325.00 in court costs and fees.

Police were called to Wal-Mart on March 30 at about 5:28 PM after employees reported they had subjects detained for shoplifting.  Francis and her boyfriend, Andrew Buttshaw, age 33 of Mason City, were arrested.   The value on the items allegedly stolen was $357.00.  Buttshaw was charged with fourth degree theft.   He pled guilty in May and was fined.  Francis had multiple prior theft convictions so her charge was enhanced to third degree theft.

Francis was released from prison last summer after serving about a year for her part in a bank robbery and diversion of police that allowed her and another man – Allen Mark Penhollow – to initially get away with the crime.  Francis was an accomplice in the February 3rd, 2012 robbery of the 1st Citizens Bank in downtown Mason City.  Police said in the hours that followed the robbery that just a few minutes before the bank was robbed, a “vague” bomb threat was called into Newman School, potentially diverting police from the bank location. Penhollow also served about a year in prison for that crime. Both culprits still owe well over $11,000 to Iowa courts in that crime.


Emily Francis


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8 Responses to Woman who helped rob bank now serving jail time for stealing from Wal-Mart

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 23, 2020 at 12:47 am

    she didn’t get hit with the ugly stick, she got hit with the whole tree

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 24, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Lord have mercy! I don’t find anything funny about what she did!

  3. Mother Nature Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    She needed the money for cosmetic surgery to fix ugly.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      September 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      @Mother-she sure looks happy about going to jail again. She probably has a special friend there.

  4. sad but true Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    brain dead

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    She’s just, misunderstood…

  6. LVS Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    What does it take to put these people away and keep them there for their full sentence?

  7. 2old2fat Reply Report comment

    September 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Just another loser they keep giving chance after chance. Id rather feed them in prison then out at cgcj. F**ken worthless piece of flesh.