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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Monday, August 26, 2013

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Bank of Albuquerque Branch in May 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Sedillo, 36, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a bank robbery charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Sedillo was arrested on May 30, 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging him with bank robbery and subsequently was indicted on the same charge on June 12, 2013.  According to the indictment, Sedillo robbed the Bank of Albuquerque branch located in the Albertson’s Supermarket at 10131 Coors Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, on May 30, 2013.

During his plea hearing, Sedillo entered a guilty plea to the indictment.  In his plea agreement, Sedillo admitted that on May 30, 2013, he approached a bank teller at the Bank and handed the teller a note that “told the teller to hand me money or else I would shoot.”   After the teller gave money to Sedillo, Sedillo left the Bank.

Court records reflect that the teller observed Sedillo get into a truck and provided the truck’s license plate number to law enforcement authorities.  That information led to Sedillo’s arrest later that day as well as the recovery of most of the money taken by Sedillo during the bank robbery.

Sedillo has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Sedillo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paige Messec.

Updated January 26, 2015