Mesh Mask Bandit Sentenced to 20 Years

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.

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