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Velazquez pleads guilty to federal bank robbery charge

Bismarck Tribune

A Bismarck man who authorities say took more than $2,600 from a Wells Fargo bank has pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge.

Victor Velazquez, 30, faces a possible 20-year prison term and a $250,000 fine, court records show. Federal authorities also seek restitution to the bank. He’ll be sentenced July 26.

Velazquez originally was charged at the state level. He pleaded guilty to bank robbery and terrorizing before the case was moved to federal court.

Police alleged that Velazquez on Jan. 6 handed a Wells Fargo teller a note that read “Stay calm this is a robbery. Empty till into bag I have a gun.” He then told the teller to quit stalling and that he didn’t want to hurt anybody, and made a motion as if to grab a gun from inside his jacket, according to an affidavit.

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