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Corpus Christi bank robber sent to prison

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 44-year-old felon has been ordered to federal prison for robbing the Kleberg Bank in Corpus Christi and brandishing a firearm during the robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Jesse Lemmons pleaded guilty Dec. 1, 2020.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton handed Lemmons a 31-month sentence for the bank robbery. He also received a consecutive seven years for the firearms charge which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed. The total 117-month term of imprisonment will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

On Jan. 10, 2020, Lemmons entered the Kleberg Bank at 3945 Crosstown SH #286 in Corpus Christi. He proceeded directly to the teller stations where he demanded cash while holding bank employees at gunpoint. He yelled repeatedly at bank employees to hurry and threatened to shoot several of them during the robbery.

Authorities apprehended him shortly after attempting to flee the scene with the money.

Lemmons will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Corpus Christi Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn prosecuted the case.

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