In San Antonio, 34-year-old Michael Albert Amirante was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for robbing several banks in Texas and Michigan announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez, San Antonio Division.
In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered that Amirante pay $11,352 restitution to the financial institutions he robbed and be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.
In January, Amirante pleaded guilty to three counts of unarmed bank robbery. By pleading guilty, Amirante admitted that he robbed the San Antonio Federal Credit Union (SACU) branch on Bandera Road on August 30, 2012; the First Convenience Bank branch in Duncanville, TX, on April 18, 2012; and, the First Convenience Bank branch in Mesquite, TX, on May 29, 2012. Amirante also admitted to robbing the Fifth Third Bank in Lansing, MI, on December 21, 2011.
Amirante has been in federal custody since being arrested by FBI agents on August 30, 2012, following the SACU robbery. This investigation was conducted by FBI agents in San Antonio, Dallas and Lansing together with the San Antonio, Duncanville, Mesquite and Lansing Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hardy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.