An alleged bank robber from Santa Maria will serve 25 years to life in prison after pleading no contest to three felonies Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office announced. George Jessie Gonzales, 56, was charged with robbing banks in Atascadero, Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande in spring 2014.
He was arrested by Atascadero police after robbing a Chase Bank there in April of 2014.
Because he had two prior “strike” felony convictions, he qualified for enhanced sentencing under the state’s three strikes law.
Gonzales will be formally sentenced July 13.