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Mesh Mask Bandit Sentenced to 20 Years

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    Mesh Mask Bandit Sentenced to 20 Years
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    The FBI says Luis Delgarza, photo inset from October 2012 arrest by Dallas Police, is the "Mesh Mask Bandit" responsible for more than a dozen bank robberies across North Texas. He was arrested and charged with robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Farmers Branch on April 22.

    A gunman who pleaded guilty to five bank robberies in the Dallas area has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    A federal judge in Dallas on Thursday afternoon sentenced 59-year-old Luis de la Garza of Farmers Branch.

    De la Garza, aka the Mesh-Mask Bandit, in November pleaded guilty to five holdups that happened last year -- in Dallas, Grand Prairie, Farmers Branch, Arlington and Garland.

    He confessed to more than a dozen other bank holdups since 2010 but, as part of a plea deal, was sentenced for just five of the crimes.

    Investigators said de la Garza wore a mesh mask, a cap and carried a BB gun pistol in each bank heist.

    He was caught following a robbery last May.