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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Robbery Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Justin Jr Watchman, 26, of Farmington, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to bank robbery.  Watchman entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement.

The FBI arrested Watchman in Aug. 2018, for robbing the First Convenience Bank located inside the Walmart at 4600 East Main Street in Farmington on Aug. 17, 2018, by handing the bank teller a note demanding money.  Farmington Police Department (FPD) officers located Watchman later that same day.    At the time of arrest, he possessed a video game system still in the manufacturer’s box and a one-way bus ticket.  

Watchman will remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Watchman faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. 

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the FPD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Thomas is prosecuting the case.

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Updated December 6, 2018