POMONA, Calif. – A parolee arrested for a string of bank robberies and a dangerous police chase after April’s heist at First Financial CU in West Covina was sentenced to 150 years to life in prison by a state court here.

Jerry Franklin, 40, was sentenced after pleading no contest to five counts of second degree robbery and a felony count of evading police in August. The credit union robbery resulted in a high-speed chase around the San Gabriel Valley for almost an hour, before Franklin was dragged out of his getaway car by a K-9 police dog as cash stolen from the credit union fell out of the front seat with him.

Franklin, dubbed the “Stretch Bandit” by the FBI, also robbed a U.S. Bank in Hacienda Heights on July 6, 2011, a Bank of the West in Rowland Heights on July 12, 2011 and Jan. 11, 2012, and a Citibank in Rowland Heights on Jan. 14 2012.


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