Man sentenced for robbing 5 businesses in NM

September 24, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to robbing five Albuquerque-area businesses at gunpoint during a three-month span has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.

[auth] Prosecutors say 23-year-old Julio Francia, of Albuquerque, also was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Francia entered into a plea agreement four months ago to felony charges in the five robberies and carrying a firearm during a violent crime.

Authorities say Francia was accused in the armed robberies of two auto parts, a restaurant and two fast-food establishments between August and October 2012.

He was arrested on state charges last October and transferred to federal custody in February.

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