A 62-year-old man convicted of bank robbery was sentenced today in Sacramento to 30 years plus 75 years to life in prison under California's "three strikes" law.
A Sacramento County jury convicted Ralph Edward Stewart of three bank robberies at U.S. Bank locations in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova during June and July of 2011. The jury also found true that Stewart had a previous robbery conviction and four previous bank robbery convictions, all occurring in the Bay Area between 1993 and 2003, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.
In each instance, officials said, Stewart entered the bank, waited in line, demanded money from the tellers and left on foot. He was recognized and apprehended by law enforcement officers, who contacted him regarding an unrelated matter weeks later.