Albuquerque Man Receives 14-Year Prison Sentence for Attempted Carjacking Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – This morning in Albuquerque federal court, Joshua Sandoval, 28, was sentenced to a 14-year term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release based on his attempted carjacking and federal firearms conviction. Sandoval, a resident of Albuquerque, has been in federal custody since February 9, 2009 when he was transferred into the custody of the United States Marshals Service from the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility< in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Sandoval also was ordered to pay $3,000.00 to the victim of his carjacking offense.
Sandoval was charged on November 18, 2008 in a four-count indictment with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition (Counts 1-2), attempted carjacking (Count 3), and using a firearm during a crime of violence based on events occurring on August 13, 2008 in Bernalillo County (Count 4). Count 3 and 4 alleged that Sandoval attempted to carjack a vehicle owned by his victim by force and intimidation and with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury to his victim, and used a firearm during that crime. Counts 1 and 2 alleged that Sandoval was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition because he previously had been convicted of (1) armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the 2d Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico; (2) contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the 13th Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico; and (3) the misdemeanor crime of battery on a household member in the 13th Judicial District Court.
Sandoval pleaded guilty to Counts 3 and 4, the attempted carjacking and use of a firearm offenses, on December 4, 2009 under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office. Thereafter, on June 18, 2010, Sandoval made a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. After a hearing on the motion, the court denied Sandoval's effort to withdraw his guilty plea. The court dismissed the remaining counts of the indictment against Sandoval after imposing sentence.
Assistant United States Attorney Louis E. Valencia prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department.