Firefighter Who Robbed Bank, Tipped Teller, Sentenced

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 3:02 PM CDT
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Dallas Firefighter Accused of Bank Robbery

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Dallas Firefighter Accused of Bank Robbery

A Dallas firefighter has been accused of robbing a bank and slipping the teller a $20 tip from the loot. Federal prosecutors on announced today the arrest of 37-year-old Jesus Ventura of Irving on a bank robbery charge.
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A former Dallas firefighter, who robbed a bank and tipped a teller $20 from the loot, passed out when he found out he had been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Jesus Ventura of Irving to 46 months behind bars.

Ventura fainted after the sentence was read and was taken to Parkland Hospital for treatment.

In September Ventura pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

Police say a Chase bank branch was robbed last April 10 and Ventura, who was still a firefighter but off-duty, was arrested minutes later. An undisclosed amount of cash was recovered.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials fired Ventura a week after his arrest. At the time Ventura told a judge that he had bipolar disorder issues.

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