An armed man who robbed a Laguna Beach bank in 2007 has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison, according to authorities.
Michael Edward Sousa, who was on federal probation for a previous bank robbery at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to multiple felony charges which included kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz wrote in a news release.
Sousa entered the Citizen's Bank on Glenneyre Street on Oct. 19, 2007, wearing a Halloween mask and waving a handgun, Kravetz wrote in a statement. After announcing that he was robbing the bank, he fired a round into the ceiling, discharged another into the vault, and, when the tellers didn't produce the money fast enough, fired a round into the cash drawer, according to Kravetz. He then stuffed cash into his shirt and fled the bank.