Michelle Riley pleaded guilty to aiding in a bank robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the Dec. 23, 2013 holdup. Judge Michael Shurn sentenced her to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. She is to serve six years of purposeful incarceration, which is a DOC program to help offenders with substance abuse problems get treatment. Riley will serve the remaining four years of her sentence on probation. During that time she will be required to continue court-ordered substance abuse treatment and pass random drug tests. Judge Shurn also ordered her to pay $6,508 in restitution along with fines, court costs and fees.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.