A Fort Worth man who robbed a bank last year was sentenced Monday to six and a half years in federal prison.
Vikram Singh Chauhan could have faced more time. But U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means granted his request for leniency, “noting the defendant’s service overseas and a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Chauhan, 28, robbed the American National Bank in Benbrook in November 2011 while wearing a mask. He walked in holding a gun, threw a bag on the counter and demanded money, authorities said.
When the teller obeyed, Chauhan demanded more money. Two bank employees opened the vault and put more money in the bag.
Authorities learned he was at a Fort Worth home, near Dallas. He was arrested and police found most of the stolen money inside the home along with a loaded .22 caliber revolver, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana of the Northern District of Texas announced his sentence on Monday. He was indicted on Nov. 14, 2011.
Chauhan, who served in the U.S. military overseas, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. While he faced 20 years and a $250,000 fine, Saldana said the court granted a motion to lessen his sentence because of his diagnosis