GROVETON, Texas (KTRE) – A Crockett man was sentenced to seven years in Trinity County district court Monday for robbing a bank.
Heath Edward Bumpous, 33, was arrested Oct. 4, 2019 after robbing the Citizens State Bank in Groveton.
“He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn’t have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy, and he needed to pay for the wedding venue,” Sheriff Woody Wallace said.
“Although he had no criminal history, a good work history and used the money to pay for a wedding venue, you can’t put peoples’ lives in danger without serious repercussions,” Wallace said.
According to Bumpous’ fiancée’s testimony, she saw the Facebook post with the surveillance video stills and recognized him. She told Bumpous to turn himself in to authorities.
“The testimony showed today was that he was stressed about paying for the venue, paying for a ring and robbed a bank for it,” said district attorney Bennie Schiro.
Schiro said Bumpous took $7,000 and Trinity County recovered about $6,900.
“He took a long route to his wedding venue where his wedding was the next day. He paid some money on the wedding venue — money he claimed wasn’t the bank’s money… he threw some bank money out the window.”
Bumpous will be held at the Trinity County Jail until he is transferred to a TDCJ correctional facility.
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