(LGBTQ Nation) A trans woman pled guilty to two indictments of robbery this week and received two consecutive 15-year prison sentences — the maximum sentences allowed — for robbing two banks in Alabama and Mississippi in 2019.
Iconic Facce, who held a prior conviction for robbing a bank prior to her transition in 2009, will spend the next 30 years behind bars.
Facce walked into a BancorpSouth branch in Gulfport, Mississippi on March 22, 2019, passing the teller a bag and handwritten note that read, “you have 1 min to give the money do not be wrong are [sic] die.”
She took the money and then instructed the teller to pass the note and a bag to another teller and repeat the process. She did not show a weapon or say she had one during the robbery.
At the time of the robbery, Facce showed signs of undergoing recent cosmetic surgery on her face, which included noticeable swelling of her lips.
Mere days after the robbery, Facce flew to Mexico from Huntsville, Alabama and underwent further surgery there.
“No games, no jokes, and get your hands up,” Facce’s note from the second 2007 robbery read. “Don’t mash any alarms. Don’t move, or she gets it.”
Facce received a four-year prison sentence at the time, in addition to three years of probation and mental health treatment.
She would later challenge this conviction on the grounds of an ineffective attorney. Her challenge was denied because her attorney complained she wouldn’t comply and claimed that Facce had “gender identity issues.”
Authorities believe that Facce needed the stolen money for cosmetic surgeries on her face and skin, in addition to transition-related health care.