Central Texas bank robber gets 70 years in prison

James Kyle Graham Courtesy: Brazos County Judicial Records
James Kyle Graham Courtesy: Brazos County Judicial Records

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man blamed for two bank robberies and identified by a teller who worked at both places has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

A jury in Bryan on Thursday decided the penalty for 62-year-old James Kyle Graham.

Graham was convicted Wednesday of aggravated robbery over the 2013 holdup of First Victoria National Bank in Bryan by a man wielding a nail gun. A Texas trooper later stopped a pickup truck driven by Graham. The officer found about $80,000 in the vehicle.

A teller during the 2013 holdup told police that she recognized Graham as the gunman who robbed a Guaranty Bank in Bryan in 2009 when she worked at that site.

Graham testified Wednesday that he also carried out the 2009 robbery.

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