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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Kenneth Dale Bruce, 40, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 176 months in federal prison for committing two bank robberies, one an armed bank robbery, in the Metroplex in October 2014, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

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On October 23, 2014, Bruce robbed the Bank of America branch located at 3324 Gus Thomasson Road in Mesquite. The next day, Bruce robbed a branch of Comerica Bank at 11155 Garland Road in Dallas, and during that robbery, he pulled out a gun.

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According to documents filed in the case, after committing the armed bank robbery in Mesquite, Bruce drove off in a tan pickup truck. Officers with the Dallas Police Department located the pickup truck in a parking lot approximately three blocks from the bank, and they saw Bruce drive past them in a dark-colored Ford Explorer.

Officers attempted to perform a felony stop, but Bruce sped up and attempted to elude officers until he wrecked the vehicle. The bank’s money and the firearm were recovered at the accident scene.

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