Albuquerque Felon Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws
ALBUQUERQUE – Manuel Herrera, 50, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Herrera was arrested in Jan. 2017, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Sept. 11, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M. According to the indictment, Herrera was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior felony convictions for forgery, aggravated driving while intoxicated, bribery or intimidation of a witness, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
During today’s proceedings, Herrera entered a guilty plea to the indictment, and admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition on Sept. 11, 2016. At sentencing, Herrera faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Hurtado is prosecuting the case.