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Man sentenced to 17 years in prison for robbing Fort Bend bank

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FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – An Alief man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for aggravated robbery Monday.

Luis Carlos Hernandez, 30, was convicted on May 2 for stealing more than $20,000 from a Bank of America in December 2012.

Eyewitnesses testified that Hernandez rushed inside the bank showing a black semi-automatic pistol. He demanded that bank tellers give him cash in $50 and $100 bills.

He then left the bank, ran through heavy traffic and left in a getaway car.

He was arrested shortly after when police traced the vehicle's registration to a house. Hernandez was found with the gun and stolen money.

A pre-sentence investigation revealed that Hernandez had served time on a felony theft conviction and has a history of drug use. Hernandez will not be eligible for probation.

"At trial the defense claimed that Hernandez was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and was the victim of a cover-up," said lead prosecutor Thomas Pfeiffer. "But today the defense argued that the case was about second chances and little prison time. I don't think the defendant needs a second chance to wave a gun in someone else's face, so the more prison time the better."