ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Michael DeHerrera, 25, of Belen, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court on Nov. 24 to being a felon in possession of firearm and carjacking. DeHerrera will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.
DeHerrera was indicted on July 29, 2020. According to the plea agreement, on Feb. 3, 2020, DeHerrera carjacked a victim by threating her with a screwdriver in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. DeHerrera began to drive away with a victim still in the car, causing her to jump from the moving vehicle. DeHerrera also admitted that on Feb. 18, 2020, he possessed a firearm before attempting to dispose of it by throwing it from the window of a moving vehicle.
At the time DeHerrera possessed the firearm, he had a prior felony conviction for armed robbery. As a convicted felon, DeHerrera could not legally possess a firearm.
By the terms of the plea agreement, DeHerrera faces five years in prison.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick T. Mendenhall is prosecuting the case.