BENBROOK – The 28-year-old man who was convicted of robbing a Benbrook bank at gunpoint was sentenced to six-and-one-half years in a federal prison on Monday.
Prosecutors said Vikram Singh Chauhan walked into the American National Bank at 6002 Southwest Blvd. on Nov. 10 and demanded money from a teller. Armed with a gun and wearing a mask, Chauhan forced the teller to give him the money in the register and then ordered the vault opened.
Terrified, the employees struggled to unlock it, prompting the suspect to tell them they “had one more chance,” according to a release after Chauhan was indicted.
Two bank employees stuffed hundred and twenty dollar bills into his bag. He then forced them into an office and told them to remain there for 10 minutes.
Chauhan drove away in a pickup truck. Investigators discovered he lived at a home in Fort Worth. During a search, authorities found the gun he used and the “significant” amount of money he made away with.
U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana of the Northern District of Texas announced his sentence on Monday. He was indicted on Nov. 14, 2011.
Chauhan, who served in the U.S. military overseas, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. While he faced 20 years and a $250,000 fine, Saldana said the court granted a motion to lessen his sentence because of his diagnosis.