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Wife sentenced in robbery case

The wife of a man convicted of armed robbery in an armored car holdup in Hudson has been sentenced for her part in the crime.

Debra Ann Wiegand, 30, Hammond, was sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years extended supervision Monday morning on a felony conviction for one count of armed robbery-party to a crime.

However, Judge Eric J. Lundell stayed the prison sentence and imposed 15 years probation and one year in the St. Croix County Jail.

Wiegand pleaded no contest to the felony Dec. 21 and three other related felonies were dismissed.

Wiegand was arrested for aiding her husband in the armored car robbery outside the Citizens State Bank in Hudson on May 29, 2003.

Zachary Wiegand, 33, a 1995 Hudson High School graduate, was convicted of armed robbery and arson and was sentenced to 25 years on Nov. 16. He was also sentenced to 12 years in prison on convictions for attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in Minnesota.

Wiegand set fire to the stolen mini-van used in the holdup.

Wiegand, the son of a retired police officer, had apparently gotten away with some $238,000 from the armored car robbery until a gun found during a traffic stop in Minneapolis in 2008 was linked to the shooting of the Lake Elmo woman and ultimately to Wiegand.

He apparently lived without extravagance in Polk County until he was arrested Oct. 7, 2008, at a Wal-Mart parking lot in St. Croix Falls where he worked.