A judge today handed two years in prison to a La Crosse woman who in August tried to rob a South Side restaurant with a hammer for drug money.

Julie Bailey, 39, also must serve two years on extended supervision under La Crosse County Circuit Judge Elliott Levine’s sentence.

“Your actions had a direct impact on these people’s lives,” the judge said.

Bailey, then pregnant and drinking, tried to rob Taco John’s, 1211 Jackson St., late Aug. 3 but couldn’t wiggle the hammer loose from her pocket.

“I want a soft shell and this is a stickup. Give me all your money,” Bailey told the cashier, according to the complaint.

Bailey pleaded guilty to party to the crime of attempted armed robbery with use of force.

“I’d like to apologize to everyone who was at Taco John’s that day,” Bailey said. “At the time, I didn’t see the impact it would have.”

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Tribune or check back at www.lacrossetribune.com.

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