An 18-year-old LaPorte, Texas man has pleaded guilty to bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown on Friday, May 17.
Aaron Gonzalez pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery by force or intimidation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on May 16, 2019.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 6, 2019, Gonzalez robbed the Texas First Bank on FM 834 in Hull, Texas by entering the bank and presenting a threatening note to a bank teller. Gonzalez left the bank with approximately $7,350.00 in cash. Video surveillance and witness accounts of the bank robber and his vehicle led to Gonzalez’ arrest. Gonzalez was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 3, 2019
Under the federal statute, Gonzalez faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the LaPorte Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.