BEAUMONT, Texas – An 18-year-old LaPorte, Texas man has
pleaded guilty to bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S.
Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Aaron Gonzalez pleaded guilty to
charges of bank robbery by force or intimidation before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Zack Hawthorn on May 16, 2019.
According to information presented
in court, on Mar. 6, 2019, Gonzalez robbed the Texas First Bank on FM 834 in
Hull, Texas by entering the bank and presenting a threatening note to a bank
teller. Gonzalez left the bank with approximately $7,350.00 in
cash. Video surveillance and witness accounts of the bank robber and his
vehicle led to Gonzalez’ arrest. Gonzalez was indicted by a federal grand
jury on Apr. 3, 2019
Under the federal statute, Gonzalez
faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory
sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as
the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing
guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be
scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S.
This case was investigated by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the
LaPorte Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted
by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas