Lubbock bank robber gets more than 42 years

December 22, 2011 10:01:19 AM PST
A gunman who robbed a West Texas bank must serve more than 42 years in prison.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Graciano Pina Quezada over the February holdup of a Wells Fargo branch in Lubbock.

Quezada, who's formerly from Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty in October to bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime.

Prosecutors in Lubbock say Quezada pointed a pistol at bank employees and customers while demanding cash from a teller.

Police chased Quezada into neighboring Lynn County, where his vehicle was stopped after a Texas trooper threw spike strips on a road.

The suspect was caught following a foot chase. A loaded gun and an undisclosed amount of cash, stolen from the bank, were recovered from his car.