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Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong convicted in deadly 2003 ‘Pizza Bombing’ case dies in federal prison

April 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong convicted in deadly 2003 ‘Pizza Bombing’ case dies in federal prison

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Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong who was found guilty in a notorious 2003 Pennsylvania bank robbery scheme, has died behind bars.

The failed robbery in Pennsylvania left one victim dead when a bomb strapped to his neck by a metal collar detonated.

On Tuesday, the 68-year-old died at the Federal Medical Center in Carswell, Texas, the Daily Mail reported.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated that the inmate’s cause of death is still unclear.

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, pictured in January 2004, died Tuesday at a Federal Medical Center in Texas. She was 68

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was serving life behind bars plus 30 years for her participation in the bank robbery.

She was convicted in 2010 of armed bank robbery, conspiracy and using a destructive device in a crime of violence.

The scheme resulted in the killing of 46-year-old Brian Wells when a bomb locked to his neck went off after the robbery.

Wells walked into a PNC Bank in 2003 with the bomb around his neck.

Brian Wells was 46, at the time of the August 2003 heist

Dressed as a pizza delivery man, he fled with $8,702 but was apprehended by police shortly after.

He was handcuffed while they waited for a bomb squad, but before they arrived, the bomb exploded and killed Wells.

Prosecutors later indicated that they believed that five suspects planed the crime.

Authorities implicated Diehl-Armstrong and three other men in the plot- one of whom had died before trial, another was killed by Diehl-Armstrong and the third suspect pleaded guilty and testified against her.

Photo shows the aftermath of a failed heist in which Diehl-Armstrong was implicated and for which she had been serving a life sentence plus 30 years.

Defense lawyer Douglas Sughrue argued that Diehl-Armstrong’s mental problems and a tumultuous relationship with at least one of the criminals made it unlikely that she was involved, while Diehl-Armstrong herself claimed that she was set up.

William Rothstein was a handyman and science teacher who prosecutors say made the bomb collar using two egg timers given to him by Diehl-Armstrong.

He has since died from cancer.

Kenneth Barnes, 57, pleaded guilty and is serving 45 years behind bars.

Kenneth Barnes (left) and William Rothstein (right) were also implicated in the bank robbery. Barnes, who pleaded guilty and is serving 45 years in prison, testified against Diehl-Armstrong. Rothstein, who was accused of constructing the bomb collar, died of cancer

Barnes testified that the woman plotted the robbery because she wanted to use the funds to pay Barnes to murder her father.

Diehl-Armstrong was serving seven to 20 years after pleading guilty to killing her boyfriend, James Roden, 45. She maintained that she killed him because he was abusing her.

U.S. Attorney Marshall Piccinini contested that Diehl-Armstrong killed Roden over two weeks before the robbery because he was involved in the scheme and threatened to expose it.

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