- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania woman faces sentencing for robbing an FBI informant of $2,800 in government funds and an audio transmission device after she allegedly found out a drug deal was an undercover ruse.

Twenty-two-year-old Latisha Palochak, of Erie, pleaded guilty in February to robbery of government property and was scheduled for sentencing Tuesday before a federal judge in Erie. Co-defendant Elijah Sherrod, of Erie, has also pleaded guilty, but his sentencing has been postponed indefinitely.

Prosecutors say Palochak somehow learned that the July 16 deal to purchase two ounces of cocaine was a government sting, so she had Sherrod show up to rob the informant.

Her attorney is seeking leniency, saying Palochak was abandoned by her drug-addicted mother and was selling painkillers on the street at age 13 to earn money.

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