ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Samuel Perez, 34, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court on Sept. 22 to seven years in prison for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Perez pleaded guilty on Jan. 8.
According to the plea agreement and other court records, on June 28, 2018, Perez robbed a gas station convenience store. He entered the store with an accomplice, brandished a gun and demanded money and merchandise from an employee.
Upon completion of his sentence, Perez will be subject to three years of supervised release.
Co-defendant Jared Barnhill pleaded guilty on March 23, 2020, to interference with interstate commerce by robbery and violence, and was sentenced on Jan. 6 to 18 years in prison. Another co-defendant, Jeyden Barnhill, pleaded guilty on Oct. 24, 2019, to interference with interstate commerce by robbery and violence, and was sentenced on Feb 5, 2020, to three years and 10 months in prison.
The FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Outler prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.