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Albuquerque man sentenced for string of armed robberies

November 20, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for a string of armed robberies.

Paul Esquivel Salas had pleaded guilty to robbing two fast food restaurants and a Verizon store in Albuquerque, failing to register as a sex offender and brandishing a firearm. In a plea agreement, he admitted taking about $300 in cash, a couple of tacos and nearly two dozen iPhones.

Federal prosecutors in Arizona handled the case. The 48-year-old Salas was sentenced last week to prison and five years of supervised release.

Authorities had accused the 48-year-old Salas of committing at least 47 robberies over several months, ending in March 2017 when he was arrested.

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