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Jose Trujillo, Co-Defendant of Solomon Peña, Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Jose Louise Trujillo pled guilty to conspiracy, interference with federally protected activities, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, discharging said firearm, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Trujillo, 22, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Trujillo on May 24, 2023, along with his father, Demetrio Trujillo, and Solomon Peña. According to court records, Trujillo helped Peña with his political campaign for District 14 of the New Mexico House of Representatives during the November 2022 mid-term elections. Specifically, Trujillo allowed Peña to use Trujillo’s bank account to channel approximately $5,155 to his political campaign. Following his electoral defeat in November 2022, Peña decided to pressure members of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners to refuse to certify the results of the election and paid Trujillo to help him.

On Nov. 21, 2022, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners voted to certify the results of the election. On Dec. 11, 2023, Trujillo and Peña drove to the home of an election official, and Trujillo fired a gun which Peña provided to him at the residence. On Jan. 3, 2023, Trujillo and his father and Peña drove to the home of a former candidate whom Peña had chosen to target based on their position and carried out a second shooting.

Following that incident, Trujillo was stopped by a deputy from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and arrested. At the time, Trujillo was driving Peña’s car. When the car was searched, deputies located the firearms and ammunition that Peña, Trujillo and Trujillo’s father had used to carry out the shooting earlier that day and 893 fentanyl pills.

At sentencing, Trujillo faces up to life in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release and may be ordered to pay fines not to exceed $1,750,000.

Solomon Peña and Demetrio Trujillo are currently scheduled to stand trial in June 2024.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Trial Attorney Ryan Crosswell of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy Peña and Patrick E. Cordova for the District of New Mexico are prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 9, 2024

Voting and Elections
Press Release Number: 24-13