Man from Albuquerque pleads guilty to federal firearm charge

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Man inserts drum of cartridges into pistol. Reloading gun close-up. Firearms in hand on dark background. Defense or attack.

ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Juan Torres Flores, 23, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in federal court on Nov. 23 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Torres will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on March 2, Torres entered an Albuquerque laundromat and pointed his gun at a victim while chasing him around the building. Torres fled the scene and was shortly apprehended by law enforcement after absconding from a high-risk traffic stop. During the arrest, law enforcement discovered a loaded firearm.

As a previously convicted felon, Torres cannot legally possess a firearm or ammunition. By the terms of the plea agreement, Torres faces up to 10 years in prison. 

The FBI Violent Crime Task Force investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Raquel Ruiz-Velez is prosecuting the case.

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