Brenna Gillespie, a young woman whose life has already been marked by drugs and crime, flinched in St. John's provincial court Thursday as she was handcuffed and taken away to jail.

Brenna Gillespie

Brenna Gillespie pleaded guilty to armed robbery. (CBC)

Gillespie, 20, cried frequently through a hearing that saw a judge accept a joint submission from the Crown and defence for a nine-month sentence for having driven the getaway car after a May 2013 bank robbery in Torbay.

"I have made some very poor choices in my life, but I can easily say that the worst one I could ever have made" was the robbery, Gillespie said in a statement to the court. 

"The thing that hurts me the most when I reflect back on that day is how it affected each employee that was working and also the customers that were inside and outside the bank at the time." 

Gillespie was led away in tears after the sentence was handed down.

Although she did not hold up the bank directly, Gillespie had been charged with armed robbery. She pleaded guilty to the charge. 

Gillespie drove a getaway car for Scott Cleary, who was sentenced earlier this year for robbing two banks — the branch in Torbay, as well as a BMO branch on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John's in April 2013.

The court was told that Gillespie, who is pregnant, has had problems with drugs, but is now receiving treatment through a methadone replacement program. She is also receiving psychiatric counselling.

Like Cleary, Gillespie had developed a cocaine habit. 

When she is released, Gillespie will also be on probation for two years.

With files from Glenn Payette