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Arlington bank robber gets 20 years

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 Arlington, Grand Prairie, Dallas, Farmers Branch 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.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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