Paso Robles bank robber sentenced to 5.5 years
March 12, 2014
A Paso Robles man was sentenced Tuesday to five and a half years in prison for robbing a Cambria bank last year.
Bruce Franklin Valentine, 70, a former Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputy, plead guilty to robbing a Rabobank in November. He fled the bank with about $3,000 cash in a rental car, was pulled over, let go, and then arrested a week later.
The night of the robbery, Valentine went to the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore. Casino officials said he had gambled more than $300,000 in 2013 and lost more than $16,000.
Before his arrest, Valentine was supporting a disabled daughter and two grandchildren.
Because of his law enforcement background, Valentine will likely spend his incarceration in isolation to protect him from other inmates.