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Donald Joseph West Faces Up to Life in Prison for Amarillo Bank Robbery

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An Amarillo man faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of bank robbery and firearms offenses.

Donald Joseph West was convicted by a federal jury Monday on one count of aggravated bank robbery, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The 49-year-old West faces a sentence of no less than 22 years and up to life in prison, as well as a $750,000 fine.

Donald West’s nephew, 43-year-old David James West was also convicted on one count of the unlawful sale and disposition of a firearm. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office presented evidence that on Monday, November 5th, 2012, Donald West went into the FirstBank Southwest at 5701 Southwest 34th Street in Amarillo wearing a mask, pointed a pistol at a teller, and demanded cash.

Donald West reportedly escaped with cash in a bag, and was arrested the next evening by Amarillo police and agents with the FBI.

When Donald West was arrested, authorities say they recovered a pistol that was given to him by David West shortly before the robbery.

Donald West is a convicted felon after committing aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in 1988, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery in 1987, and evading detention in 2011.

Sentencing for both Donald and David West will take place June 4th, 2013.

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