A convicted bank robber was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for robbing a bank in Gatesville.
Jung Sup Lee had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery. Lee was accused of robbing an Extraco Bank in downtown Gatesville Nov. 26.
On Monday, a jury of 10 men and two women were selected to sentence Lee in the 52nd District Court in Gatesville.
During the sentencing hearing, Coryell County District Attorney David Castillo called four employees to the stand to testify about the robbery, according to a statement issued by the DA's office.
The four employees all told the court they felt their lives were in danger. One of the employees recounted the bank robber handing her a bag and ordering her to put money in it.
Vikki Shelton looked down at her station and realized she didn't have any money in it.
"I'm dead," she thought, according to her testimony.
Through tears, another employee, Amy Jaynes, described how she hid from Lee during the robbery. She looked up to see a man pointing a gun at best-friend and co-worker Kayla Necessary's face.
She recalled believing that she was going to see her friend killed.
Lee took the stand in his defense. He told the court he robbed the bank because he got into trouble with an illegal gambling hall.
He built up losses of about $30,000 during a three-day gambling binge. He told the court he contemplated and even attempted suicide after the owner of the hall threatened him with a gun and demanded payment within three days.
Lee's defense attorney, Jeff Parker, called two character witnesses on Lee's behalf. His fiancee and pastor testified. Lee's pastor, Taeuk Kim, told the court Lee's actions were out of character. However, during cross examination, Kim told the court he had only seen Lee at church five times.
After deliberating for 44 minutes, the jury sentenced Lee to 30 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
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