Man who robbed Modesto, Turlock banks given 15 years in prison

local@modbee.comApril 29, 2013 

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Ceres man to 15 years in prison for robbing four banks in Modesto and Turlock from May 2010 to May 2011, the U.S. attorney's office reported.

Once Michael Torres, 34, is released from federal prison, he will have to serve five years of supervised release. The judge ordered him to pay $113,500 in restitution.

Torres was convicted of four counts of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. During each of the robberies, Torres wore a hat, sunglasses, a bandage on his left cheek and carried a backpack.

Federal prosecutors said Torres entered each bank, flashed a gun, corralled the employees and left with cash.

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