Thursday, August 23, 2007

Heather Johnston, Blond Barbie Bandit, Pleads Guilty And Shows Remorse Update 3-24


Heather Johnston, one of the Barbie Bandits who gained national notoriety plead guilty on Wednesday to theft and drug charges. Heather (the smiling blond in the photo) made a dramatic, tearful apology for her actions.
Heather Johnston, 19, cried as she entered a pleas to theft by taking, a felony, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. The hearing was in Cobb County Superior Court. "I regret what I did. I wish I could take it back every day." Judge Mary Staley noted that Johnston wanted to take responsibility for what she did. She did not have a deal with prosecutors. Johnston and Ashley Miller, the Barbie Bandits, wore sunglasses and laughed when they stole nearly $11,000 from a Bank of America in Acworth, Ga., on Feb. 27. The Barbie Bandits were arrested two days later. Can you say T.V. Movie?
12-17-07 Major Update. See Comments. The Barbie Bandits apparently had inside help from Benny Allen! Ashley Miller withdraws her plea...
3-24-08 Update Plus: Master mind, Michael Dearrell Chastang was convicted by a jury as a participant in the so-called "Barbie Bandits" bank robbery. Chastang and three other defendants were sentenced March 19 for the February 2007 heist. Chastang was apparently behind the robbery. He apparently put Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston in touch with the bank teller who police claim was in on the crime. Miller testified Thursday during Chastang's trial that stealing money from a bank was the "worst decision I ever made." Miller and Chastang were supposedly romantically involved. Johnston, Miller and the teller, Benny Herman Allen III, has all previously pleaded guilty to theft charges and testified against Chastang at his trial.
Ashley Nicole Miller, 19, received a two-year prison sentence and eight years probation. She received credit for three months already served. Miller pleaded guilty to theft by taking and possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute.
Judge Staley gave Heather Johnston, 20, 10 years' probation, community service, an order to repay the bank and a $2,000 fine.

29 comments:

jill said...

She deserves prison time, not a movie.

Jill

blond bombshell said...

We need to stop rewarding criminals with publicity!

Shell

Ms. Calabaza said...

"showed remorse"?? bwaaahahahahahahahahaahah! Yeah, right.

colleency said...

Sad to think that being young and photogenic cuts you a break in the courtroom.

Ms. C., I'm with you - she feels remorse not for the crime, but for being caught.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if the less attractive one will get a bigger sentence?

Bob

dollar Bill said...

Heather is cute enough to play herself in the movie!

Anonymous said...

Heather is all about the flash and the bucks.

Anonymous said...

Heather can flash any day of the week!

Anonymous said...

Heather is cute but I suggest you google her name and read before you date her!

Anonymous said...

In my view of their post plea conduct, Ashley is probably sorry, Heather is probably not. Someone said that Heather is all about the flash and the cash. I think she is looking to cash in by selling her story. She probably will end up making some serious bucks on this crime which is not right on so many different levels...

Bobbi

Anonymous said...

Flash and the cash! I love it! Heather the Flasher and the Casher!

Texas Two Stepper said...

Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston, aka the Barbie Bandits, briefly captured the country’s imagination by looking hot on Bank of America security-camera footage. After they were caught, Miller did not look so great, but Heather's marketability skyrocketed as she was even hotter in person.Before pleading guilty, Johnston worked as a telemarketer. Miller worked as a babysitter. Neither one of them got much from the banking business.

Texas Two Stepper

Legal Pub said...

Ashley Nicole Miller one of the so-called "Barbie Bandits" withdrew her plea Friday after declining to call a co-defendant a drug dealer.

Ashley Nicole Miller, 19, who is free on a $15,000 bond, is charged with felony theft by taking, marijuana possession and ecstasy trafficking in connection with a bank robbery.

Ms. Miller was expected to testify that Michael Darrell Chastang, 27, of Decatur, "had sold drugs on prior occasions." Doing so and admitting to bank theft would have meant that prosecutors would drop a drug trafficking charge against Miller.

Ms. Miller and 19-year-old Heather Johnston - the other of the so-called "Barbie Bandits" were seen wearing sunglasses and laughing as they appeared to steal nearly $11,000 from a Bank of America branch in Acworth on Feb. 27. But what first looked like a bank robbery turned out to be a theft allegedly involving bank teller Benny Herman Allen III, 22, of Cartersville, authorities said.

The young women were arrested in Douglas County. Police found 110 Ecstasy pills when Chastang, Ms. Miller and Ms. Johnston were arrested during the traffic stop.

Instead of labeling Chastang a drug dealer, Ms. Miller said in court that she lied to police about who owned the drugs. She had been romantically involved with Chastang when they were arrested. She initially told police she was a drug dealer, claiming that the pills were hers and that Chastang was holding them for her.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley admonished the teenager about being truthful.

Ms. Miller's attorney, Timothy Williams, later asked that Ms. Miller's plea be withdrawn.

Allen, who police allege handed the girls $10,966 in cash and was apparently in on the job and has been arrested.

Allen is free on a $25,000 bond. He faces felony theft charges. Chastang, a convicted felon, remains in the Cobb Jail. He is charged with felony theft, marijuana possession, ecstasy trafficking and giving a false name and date of birth.

Ms. Johnston pleaded guilty on Aug. 22 to theft by taking, a felony, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Heather entered the pleas because she wanted to take responsibility for what she did. Judge Staley has deferred sentencing until the case against the others is resolved.

Jimbo said...

Heather is the hot one. She is on house arrest with an ankle bracelet.
She could be locked up in my house any day!


Jimbo

Anonymous said...

Hello Heather!

Legal Pub said...

3-24-08 Update Plus: Master mind, Michael Dearrell Chastang was convicted by a jury as a participant in the so-called "Barbie Bandits" bank robbery. Chastang and three other defendants were sentenced March 19 for the February 2007 heist. Chastang was apparently behind the robbery. He apparently put Ashley Miller and Heather Johnston in touch with the bank teller who police claim was in on the crime. Miller testified Thursday during Chastang's trial that stealing money from a bank was the "worst decision I ever made." Miller and Chastang were supposedly romantically involved. Johnston, Miller and the teller, Benny Herman Allen III, has all previously pleaded guilty to theft charges and testified against Chastang at his trial.

Legal Pub said...

Judge Staley gave Heather Johnston, 20, 10 years' probation, community service, an order to repay the bank and a $2,000 fine.

Anonymous said...

The decided probation - why?

Anonymous said...

sorry! that should be the judge decided probation -- why?

Anonymous said...

The judge gave Heather probation with no jail time because she is too pretty for jail! :)

Anonymous said...

Double standard? Heather is hot so she gets the deal?

Heather can actually make her own movie and cash in on her fame. She can claim it was just a dumb blond moment that she fell into this scam...

Anonymous said...

Heather would look good wrapped in black leather...

Legal Pub said...

Heather, you have some free time now. Would you like to give your side of what happened? IF so, contact

legalpub@legalpub.net

Anonymous said...

Let us know what you are up to Heather!

Anonymous said...

if they try to charge you as a felon, is life over for you, specially if you are not guilty
i need an answer from you, legal eagles ,
thank you

law dog said...

Being charged with a felony is different than being convicted of a felony. Provide us with more details.

Law Dog

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Heather got it going whereas the other girl just another girl.

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