Dallas-area serial bank robber gets 20 years

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 11:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A gunman who pleaded guilty to five bank robberies in the Dallas area has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A federal judge in Dallas on Thursday afternoon sentenced 59-year-old Luis de la Garza of Farmers Branch.

De la Garza in November pleaded guilty to five holdups that happened last year — in Dallas, Grand Prairie, Farmers Branch, Arlington and Garland. He confessed to more than a dozen other bank holdups since 2010.

Investigators say de la Garza wore a mesh mask, a cap and carried a BB gun pistol in each bank heist. He was caught following a robbery last May.

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