Michael Brian Taylor, 60, of Tehachapi, pleaded guilty on December 5 to bank robbery, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to his plea agreement and other court documents, on May 24, 2016, around 11:45 a.m., Taylor entered and robbed the Bank of the Sierra in Tehachapi of about $34,000.
Taylor entered the bank wearing a ski mask pulled down over his face and yelled loudly, “Hands in the air!” He approached the bank teller, demanded $200,000 and placed a black bag on the counter. Ultimately, he took approximately $34,000 given to him by the teller.
Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on March 20, 2017.
He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison.