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Case Number: 1:19-cr-01088-JAP
Judge: James A. Parker
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
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Description: Albuquerque, NM - armed robbery criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Joe Pacheco-Romero, 33, of Albuquerque who was with attempted carjacking, interference with commerce by threats or violence, and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
According to his plea agreement, Romero admitted to robbing an Albuquerque business on Oct. 17, 2018. Soon after, Romero broke into a nearby residence and attempted to steal the homeowner’s vehicle at gunpoint. The victim was able to escape and Romero fled the residence. Romero then attempted to carjack another vehicle, firing several shots and hitting the vehicle multiple times. The two victims inside the vehicle were able to put the car in reverse and escape.
Immediately afterward, Romero entered a restaurant and attempted to rob a victim of his vehicle. When that attempt failed, Romero tried to rob a second victim of her vehicle. Suspecting a police officer was outside the restaurant, Romero directed a victim to call 911 and demand a getaway vehicle. Romero was soon apprehended by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) SWAT team. Romero was wounded by gunfire during the arrest.
Upon his release from prison, Pacheco-Romero will be subject to three years of supervised release.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Albuquerque Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nakita Tapia-Brito prosecuted the case.
18:1951(a): Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence
18:2119: Attempted Carjacking
Outcome: SENTENCE IMPOSED: CBOP 6 months as to Counts 1,3,5 & 7 to run concurrently; 120 months as to Count 6; 84 months as to Count 8; said terms to run consecutively for total of 210 months; 3 years supervised release as to Counts 1,3,5,6,7 & 8 concurrently with special conditions; Restitution to be determined; SPA total of $600; deft to voluntary surrender.