DALLAS – A bank robber linked to the death of a Brinks security guard and to the robbery of three North Texas banks in 2009 pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday.
Jesus Sandoval, 50, faces a maximum prison term of five years for his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Sandoval also faces life in prison for each of his guilty pleas to two counts of brandishing a firearm, according to the news release.
Sentencing is set for March 10. Sandoval’s co-conspirator, Enrique Lopez, was sentenced to two life terms plus 85 years in federal prison for murdering a Brinks security guard and committing five armed bank robberies.
In one of the cases, Lopez and Sandoval robbed a Loomis security guard as he replenished cash in an automatic teller machine located at the Bank of America on Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas on Feb. 13, 2009.
Lopez grabbed the guard from behind, put a pistol to his neck, threatened to kill him and demanded money. The two took the guard’s service weapon and money bags and Lopez fired at the Loomis driver, the release said. -- Mitch Mitchell