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Buffalo woman, 25, pleads guilty to coercing teen boys to rob banks

A Buffalo woman who admitted to coercing four teenage boys to commit five bank robberies on her behalf pleaded guilty in Erie County Court Friday to five counts of third-degree robbery, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 25-year-old Alexis Rose admitted that between Aug. 21 and Sept. 27, 2017, she supplied the boys — who ranged in age from 14 to 18 — with plans, disguises and demand notes.

Rose provided the youths with transportation to and from five different banks in Amherst, Buffalo and Depew, via her Lyft account, according to the District Attorney's Office.

All four of the teenagers were arrested, confessed and implicated Rose in the robberies, prosecutors said. Each of their cases was adjudicated in Family Court or Superior Court, in which they were charged as youthful offenders and all pleaded guilty, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Rose, who remained remanded without bail, faces 12 years in prison when sentenced April 9.

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