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ABQ man pleads guilty to bank robbery, firearms charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man accused of knocking over banks on the West Side and in Rio Rancho earlier this year pleaded guilty to robbery and firearms charges Thursday.

Gabriel Stephens, 37, faces a maximum of 25 years in federal prison on the armed bank robbery charge and a mandatory minimum of five years on the firearms charge at his sentencing, which hadn’t been scheduled, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Stephens was arrested in February on charges he robbed the Mountain America Credit Union at 9200 Golf Course NW in Albuquerque on Feb. 7. and the Rio Grande Credit Union at 1526 Unser SE in Rio Rancho on Feb. 17.

During the initial robbery “Stephens motioned as though he was holding a firearm inside his backpack” and in the latter robbery “he showed the bank teller a firearm located inside his backpack,” the news release reads.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Rio Rancho Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney is the prosecutor.

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