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Rio Arriba County Man Sentenced to Prison for Robbing Espanola Bank in September 2013

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 11, 2014
  • District of New Mexico (505) 346-7274

ALBUQUERQUE—Stephen R. Gurule, 35, of Hernandez, New Mexico, was sentenced this afternoon to 41 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his bank robbery conviction. Gurule also was ordered to pay full restitution to the bank that was the victim of his crime.

Gurule was arrested on October 3, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the Community Bank branch located at 411 Carr Lane in Espanola, New Mexico, on September 27, 2013. He subsequently was indicted on that same charge on October 30, 2013.

According to court filings, the bank was robbed on the afternoon of September 27, 2013, by a man who slid a note, written on the back of a check, to the teller. The note demanded money and made referenced to a “bomb.” After the teller complied with the demand, the bank robber fled from the bank with the cash. Before leaving the bank, the bank robber placed the bag he was carrying on the floor inside the bank. Several days later, Gurule turned himself into law enforcement and admitted committing the bank robbery.

Gurule entered a guilty plea to the indictment on January 3, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI and the Espanola Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh.

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