OAKLAND — An Oakland man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for using a gun to rob a Pinole bank in March, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
Gary Casdell Fite, 23, pleaded guilty to robbing the Mechanics Bank on Pinole Valley Road in Pinole on March 1 with the help of a gun, a getaway driver and a lookout, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
According to court documents, Fite walked into the bank, brandished his loaded firearm and ordered everyone to get down on the ground. Fite then jumped over the teller counter and demanded money from two tellers.
While demanding money, Fite pointed his loaded gun at the head of one of the tellers. Authorities said he took more than $3,000 from the bank.
Fite was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 28 and is currently in federal custody. He will begin serving his sentence immediately and in addition to his prison term, Fite was also sentenced to a 5-year period of supervised release.
Co-defendant and getaway driver Regina Dean, 37, of Antioch, was sentenced on Aug. 21 to five years in prison. The alleged lookout, Kevin Tyrone Buford, 27, of Vallejo, was indicted on Aug. 30. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 18.