"You know, take from the rich -- these banks are greedy -- and give to the betterment of his daughters' lives," Elise told "GMA" in 2008. She said she knew the robberies were objectively wrong but, "he wouldn't do this for anybody else but us."
Those comments sparked anger from "GMA" viewers, expressed on our message boards.
"I hope the silver spoon he's been feeding these spoiled brats chokes him and his daughters," one viewer said.
Another said, "They don't really believe this man did anything wrong. I am disgusted."
In the time since, his daughter Marissa joined the Navy and Elise is paying her own way through college. Elise stands by her comments.
"I don't really regret anything," she said. "I meant it as 'Why don't you do the same for your kids?' You know? Would you really be able to, as a middle class person, say, 'Oh we're going to a homeless shelter'... Could you do that? You don't know unless you're in that situation."
Now in a jail cell, it's a situation Giammanco said he'll forever regret.
"To have their love," he said through tears. "Like I think every other parent, I wanted more for them than what I had."
The sentencing hearing is Sept. 7.