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Gabriel Tenorio Sentenced For Lubbock Bank Robbery Involvement

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The getaway driver in a takeover-style bank robbery has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison.

Gabriel Tenorio was sentenced on Friday to 140 months in federal prison, after his August 2013 guilty plea to one count of aggravated bank robbery and aiding and abetting.

The 30-year-old Tenorio and 44-year-old Russell Eugene Heath of Lubbock orchestrated the robbery of the Lubbock National Bank near 19th Street and Quaker Avenue in Lubbock on May 1st, 2013.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Heath, wearing a mask and gloves and carrying a pistol, entered the bank, pointed the gun at the tellers, and yelled at them to give him money. He jumped over the counter, opened a teller drawer, and began stuffing money in his pockets.

Heath ran from the bank and got into a waiting vehicle driven by Tenorio. They split the proceeds of the robbery.

The duo also robbed the FirstBank Southwest location in Amarillo on May 20th, 2013.

Heath was arrested in August 2013 in Calexico, California and pleaded guilty last month to one count of aggravated bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the robbery conviction and up to life in prison on the firearm offense.

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