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Santa Fe Man and San Pedro Woman Sentenced for Robbing Bank in Espanola

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Fidel Naranjo, 27, of Santa Fe, N.M., and Kendra Brophy, 29, of San Pedro, N.M., were sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., for convictions arising out of the Dec. 2, 2015 robbery of a bank in Espanola, N.M.  Naranjo was sentenced to a 40-month term of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release, and Brophy was sentenced to a year of probation to be served under home confinement with electronic monitoring followed by five years of supervised release.  Brophy also was ordered to perform 300 hours community service and complete a 90-day inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

Naranjo and Brophy were arrested in Dec. 2015, on criminal complaints charging them with robbing the New Mexico Bank and Trust branch located at 411 Carr Lane in Espanola, N.M. on Dec. 2, 2015.  According to the complaint, Naranjo robbed the bank by approaching a bank teller, threatening to shoot her, and demanding money.  Naranjo left the bank and was driven away from the scene by Brophy. 

Naranjo and Brophy were subsequently indicted on Dec. 17, 2015, and charged with bank robbery.

In April 25, 2016, Naranjo pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Dec. 2, 2015, he robbed the New Mexico Bank and Trust in Espanola, by entering the bank and demanding money from the teller. 

Brophy pled guilty to a felony information charging her with misprision of a felony on April 21, 2016.  In entering her guilty plea, Brophy admitted that on Dec. 2, 2015, her codefendant Naranjo robbed a bank while she waited nearby.  Brophy admitted concealing the identity of the bank robber and the cash he obtained during the robbery, and failing to notify the authorities about her codefendant and the robbery.

 This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Han. 

Updated August 22, 2016

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