On Thursday, June 24, the three suspects accused of robbing banks in the case of the November 20, 2009 robbery of Cattleman’s National Bank in Round Mountain, were found guilty of Federal Bank Robbery.
According to a press release from the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, all three suspects, “Baltazar Nava, Alexander Aleman, and Nahum Ramirez were convicted in the Federal District Court of Judge Sam Sparks by jury trial of ‘Federal Bank Robbery’ charges in the November 20, 2009 robbery of the Cattleman’s National Bank in Round Mountain, Texas. A three day trial with testimony by members of the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department, Texas Rangers, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab resulted in the verdict. During the trial, it was indicated that Baltazar Nava was suspected and that there was evidence to believe that he had been involved in the October 2009 robbery of the Security State Bank in Blanco, Texas.”
The Blanco County Sheriff’s Office credits the other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that assisted in this case with the rapid conviction of these armed felons. After sentencing later this year, the defendants will spend time in a Federal Prison. Two of the three bank robbery suspects are Mexican Nationals and the other claims to be from Honduras and has immigration holds as well as felony criminal charges against him. Upon their release, they will be deported to their countries of origin.
Sentencing has been scheduled for August 27, three months from the date of conviction, which in federal court it is not uncommon. The purpose of this gap is to allow the United States Probation Office to conduct a presentence investigation into the defendant’s background and criminal history and to write a presentence report which summarizes the results of the investigation and, most importantly, contains the probation officer’s calculation of the sentencing range required by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.