LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man who used a toy gun during a bank robbery has been sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Claudio Morales Medrano’s sentence Monday.
Morales-Medrano was accused of robbing a Citizens Bank of Las Cruces branch on Aug. 27, 2010. Court records show he approached a teller, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
Las Cruces police stopped a car later that day that matched the description of the getaway car. Inside, they found the money that was taken from the bank, a black toy gun and clothes matching the description of those worn by the robber.
Morales-Medrano has been in federal custody since his arrest. He pleaded guilty to the bank robbery in January 2012.