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Española bank robber gets 40 months in plea deal

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By Tris DeRoma

A Los Alamos County resident who terrorized a teller while robbing an Española bank was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
The sentencing was part of a plea agreement worked out by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Han and Fidel Naranjo’s defense attorney, Andras Szantho.
As part of the agreement, Naranjo agreed not to appeal the 40-month sentence for a lesser term, nor try to get a reduction in fines or costs.
Naranjo must also make victim restitution and pay back $700, the amount of money police weren’t able to recover of the nearly $3,500 he stole from the New Mexico Bank and Trust on 411 Carr Lane.
“If the defendant ... should nevertheless seek a downward departure or variance, including a departure or variance from the guideline criminal history category, the United States shall have a right to treat this plea agreement as null and void and to proceed to trial on all charges before the court,” read a statement in court documents.
Before Han and Szantho worked out the agreement, Naranjo was looking at 20 years in prison or more for the crime and a $250,000 fine. The incident occurred on a Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2.
On that day, Naranjo’s accomplice, Kendra Brophy, 29, drove him to the bank.


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