Central Coast bandit gets 20 years in prison

January 16, 2015

Image_7A 50-year-old Watsonville woman who garnered the title of the Central Coast Bandit will receive a 20-year prison sentence, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Cristina Fernandez Padila robbed six banks in three counties over an eight-month span that began on New Year’s Eve in 2012. Her luck ran out when an employee of a San Luis Obispo Golden 1 Credit Union recognized her on August 23, 2013.

A police chase ensued from San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles, where Padilla crashed her car. Along the way, she picked up a charge of assault with a deadly weapon — her car.

Padilla initially pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, but the district attorney’s office announced Thursday that it had reached a plea agreement. The mother-turned-bandit copped to four counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery, second-degree commercial burglary, evading a peace officer and assault with a deadly weapon.

She will receive a 16-year sentence in San Luis Obispo County, where the majority of the robberies occurred. Padilla is expected to receive a pair of two-year sentences from Monterey and Stanislaus counties.

In 2005, Padilla also received a first-degree burglary conviction in Monterey County.

Her formal sentencing in San Luis Obispo Superior Court will take place on March 3 before Judge John Trice. She will have additional sentencing hearings in Monterey and Stanislaus counties.


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6 Comments

  1. indigo1955 says:

    Well, the party is over.

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  2. agag1 says:

    Her attempt at disguise almost makes it appear she wanted to get caught.
    If it weren’t such a serious offense, it would be hard to take this woman seriously.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    If you saw Cristina Fernandez Padila at the Piggly Wiggly market picking out some lettuce, you wouldn’t even think of her as being a bandit because she looks so innocent!

    Well, we true Christians can gain solace in knowing that she will NOT being going to our version of heaven, but will spend eternity in the depths of the sulfur lakes of Hell upon her demise due to our Hebrew God’s tough love revenge.

    “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:10)

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    • unlisted says:

      I’m sure that she will have lots of company down there.

      Unless of course, she repents and is absolved of her sins. Don’t you just love Christianity’s get out of jail free card. You can cheat, rape and murder as much as you want and still go to heaven. What a racket!

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    • Pelican1 says:

      If I saw her in the Piggly Wiggly, I would have asked her if she was the model for Saunders’ grocery chain.
      (Pelican1 :2015)

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