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.
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.