ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Antonio Ochoa, accused of setting the bosque on fire is no longer charged in that case. However, he has now admitted to stabbing a man after he started the fire. Antonio Ochoa pleaded guilty to stabbing and wounding a man in June in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Steakhouse on Central. He also admitted to breaking into a west downtown law office in 2020.

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Minutes before that stabbing, investigators say Ochoa was seen on camera setting a fire in the bosque with a lighter. According to court documents, those charges were dropped when prosecutors failed to hand over evidence.

Under his plea agreement, Ochoa is facing more than four years behind bars when he is sentenced next month.