OAKLAND -- An Oakland man accused of pointing a gun at a bank teller's head during a robbery in Pinole earlier this year pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges for the armed heist.

Gary Casdell Fite, II, 23, now faces up to 32 years in prison in connection to the March 1 bank robbery at Mechanics Bank on Pinole Valley Boulevard, according to a statement from Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

Sentencing will be Sept. 4 in federal court in Oakland before U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton.

Fite appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to felony charges of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm, Haag said.

According to the plea agreement, Fite jumped over the teller counter at the bank and demanded money from two tellers, Haag said. He then pointed a loaded gun at the head of one of the tellers and took $3,292 from the bank.

A getaway driver, Regina Dean, 37, of Antioch, pleaded guilty on May 15, to aiding and abetting the armed robbery. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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