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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Taos County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Burglary of a Post Office Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Kenny Martinez, 32, of Penasco, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a burglary of a post office charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Martinez was charged by a three-count indictment on April 12, 2016, with burglary of a post office, taking letters and packages from the post office addressed to other individuals, and destroying mail and packages addressed to other individuals.  According to the indictment, Martinez committed the offenses on Nov. 13 and 14, 2012, in Taos County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Martinez pled guilty to a burglary of a post office charge.  In entering the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that on Nov. 13 and 14, 2012, he broke into the U.S. Post Office in Penasco, opened packages and letters, and damaged the security safe.  Martinez admitted breaking into the post office with the intention of finding money.  Martinez further admitted causing approximately $7,243.08 in damages to the post office when he broke into the post office.

At sentencing, Martinez faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.  A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers.

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Updated December 1, 2016