Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing First Convenience Bank Branch in March 2015
ALBUQUERQUE—Richard Allen Buckner, 22, of Farmington, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a bank robbery charge. The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.
Buckner was arrested on March 20, 2015, on a criminal complaint alleging that he robbed the First Convenience Bank- East Banking Center located in the Walmart store located at 4600 East Main Street in Farmington on March 18, 2015. According to the complaint, a man later identified as Buckner approached a bank teller with a handwritten note demanding cash. After obtaining cash from the bank teller, Buckner left in a vehicle. Thereafter two witnesses contacted the Farmington Police Department and identified Buckner as the bank robber after viewing surveillance photographs. The investigation revealed that Buckner used part of the money from the bank robbery to make a down payment on a vehicle.
Buckner was indicted on a bank robbery charge on April 14, 2015. Buckner entered a guilty plea to the indictment this morning. At sentencing, Buckner faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Farmington Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec is prosecuting the case.