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Royland Rice Sentenced To 15 Years For Pleasanton Bank Robbery

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An Oakland man with a lengthy criminal record that includes two previous bank robbery convictions has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years and six months in prison for robbing a Pleasanton bank last year. Royland Rice, 62, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton of Oakland, who also ordered him to pay $1,783 in restitution for the amount stolen. Rice pleaded guilty before Hamilton in February to one count of robbing a Bank of America branch in Pleasanton on Sept. 11, 2012. In a sentencing brief, prosecutors described Rice as a career offender who had 15 previous convictions for crimes including armed robbery, robbery, burglary, grand theft and two bank robberies in 1990 and 2001. At the time he entered the Pleasanton bank, Rice was on supervised release after having served a 10-prison term for the second bank robbery.

Prosecutors said Rice handed a bank teller a note saying, “We know where you live and hand over the money.” After taking the $1,783, Rice was recorded on a neighboring business’ video as he drove off in a 1970s Ford Ranchero with a white camper shell, according to prosecutors. Eight days later, Pleasanton police arrested him after seeing that he matched the description of the robber and was driving the Ford.

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