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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Armed Bank Robbery and Firearms Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Defendant Prosecuted Pursuant to Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE – Jeremy Gabriel Trujillo, 35, of Albuquerque, N.M. was sentenced today in federal court to 130 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on armed bank robbery and firearms charges.  The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

Trujillo was arrested on July 28, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the Bank of Albuquerque branch on Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, N.M.  The criminal complaint alleged that Trujillo robbed the bank at gunpoint that day.  On Aug. 26, 2014, Trujillo was indicted and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; armed bank robbery; and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  Court records reflect that in July 2014, Trujillo was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of at least two felony offenses.

On Dec. 11, 2014, Trujillo entered guilty pleas to Counts 2 and 3 of the indictment charging him with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  Trujillo admitted entering the Bank of Albuquerque branch and brandished a firearm in the direction of three bank tellers while demanding that they give him cash.  After the bank tellers complied with his demands, Trujillo left the bank.

During today’s sentencing hearing, Trujillo was ordered to pay restitution to the Bank of Albuquerque.  Trujillo also was ordered to pay restitution to two other Albuquerque-area banks which were robbed at gunpoint in April 2014 and May 2014.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh prosecuted the case as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.  Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.  Because New Mexico’s violent crime rates, on a per capita basis, are amongst the highest in the nation, New Mexico’s law enforcement community is collaborating to target repeat offenders from counties with the highest violent crime rates, including Bernalillo County, under this initiative.

Updated September 8, 2015