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File photo of jail cells. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas firefighter who robbed a bank and tipped a teller $20 from the loot has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Jesus Ventura of Irving to 46 months behind bars. Ventura in September pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

Police say a Chase bank branch was robbed last April 10 and Ventura, who was still a firefighter but off-duty, was arrested minutes later. An undisclosed amount of cash was recovered.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials fired Ventura a week after his arrest. At the time Ventura told a judge that he had bipolar disorder issues.

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