Lopez pleaded guilty on April 3 to six counts of bank robbery. He admitted using verbal demands, a demand note, and intimidation to take $2,475 from a U.S. Bank in Pleasanton on May 9, 2012, and $756 from a U.S. Bank in Dublin on June 12, 2012.
He also admitted using the same method to take $2,606 from a U.S. Bank in Pleasant Hill on May 13, 2012; $1,409 from a First Community Bank in Alameda on May 26, 2012; $1,135 from a Bank of America in Lafayette on May 29, 2012; and $4,900 from a U.S. Bank in Alameda on June 4, 2012.
Lopez also admitted to three other bank robberies outside the area, also done in a similar way, in which he took $7,214 from a River City Bank in Roseville on April 26, 2012; $3,542 from another River City branch on May 2, 2012; and $4,000 from a Woodforest National Bank branch in Amarillo, Texas, on April 14, 2012.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury last August after a joint investigation that included work by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the Dublin Police Department, Pleasanton Police Department and others in the area.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton, who also sentenced Lopez to three years of probation and ordered him to pay a total of $28,037 in restitution to the banks.
Lopez will begin serving the sentence immediately.
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