ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Lalonzo Simmons, 46, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court on Nov. 4 to 24 years in prison for interference with interstate commerce by robbery and violence, possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Simmons pleaded guilty Dec. 26, 2019. According to the plea agreement and other court records, on March 19, 2018, Simmons and his accomplice, Shakeam Kinney, 32, entered an Albuquerque business through the back of the store armed with firearms when they encountered two employees. Kinney demanded the phone of one of the employees, and when the employee initially did not give Kinney the phone Kinney discharged his weapon. Shortly after, Kinney and Simmons fled the store after taking money from the register.
On April 3, 2018, Simmons and Kinney robbed an Albuquerque marijuana dispensary at gunpoint and fled the store with stolen money and large amounts of marijuana. On May 1, 2018, Simmons and Kinney, robbed another Albuquerque dispensary at gunpoint. Kinney entered the business and discharged his weapon into the ceiling, demanding money and merchandise and threatening an employee. Kinney and Simmons fled the store with stolen money and marijuana. Soon after, Simmons was arrested by law enforcement at his residence.
On June 15, Kinney was sentenced to 22 years and five months in prison for interference with interstate commerce by robbery and violence, possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.
Upon his release from prison, Simmons will be subject to five years of supervised release.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department investigated the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Trembley prosecuted the case.