- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Hernandez man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison for robbing a bank in Espanola last year.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Stephen R. Gurule also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay full restitution to the bank.

Gurule was arrested in October after allegedly robbing the Community Bank on Sept. 27.

Authorities say a man entered the bank and slid a note written on the back of a check to the teller.

The note demanded money and made referenced to a bomb.

The man placed the bag he was carrying on the floor inside the bank before fleeing with an undisclosed amount on cash.

Gurule turned himself in to authorities a few days after the robbery and pleaded guilty in January.

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